Human remains found in Bossier, identity not confirmed

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The Bossier Sheriff's Office investigated the wooded area off of Highway 157 Saturday and Sunday after a human skull was found. (Photo courtesy of Lt. Bill Davis/BSO)

Detectives with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office found additional human remains and clothing with a wallet and man’s driver’s license as they continued their investigation over the weekend into the identity of a human skull found Friday near a residence off of Highway 157.

Based on where the skull was initially found, detectives felt a grid search from Fillmore Cemetery to the north to Emerson’s convenience store to the south would need to be conducted.  On Saturday, the team of two dozen Bossier detectives and narcotics agents established Mobile Command near Fillmore Cemetery off of Highway 157 and conducted an extensive grid search as they combed the dense wooded area in search of additional human remains or other evidence; they were joined by the Bossier Parish Coroner’s Office and two teams of cadaver dogs from the Bossier City Fire Department and Shreveport Fire Departments.  The team then headed south near Emerson’s Saturday afternoon where they set up Mobile Command.

Then on Sunday, two dozen Sheriff’s Office detectives and patrol deputies and a cadaver dog team from Bossier City Fire Department continued the search, concentrating on the wooded area just north of Emerson’s convenience store on Highway 157. 

During their searches, detectives found additional human remains and pants with a wallet and man’s driver’s license.

The driver’s license belongs to a 28-year-old male from Webster Parish, and detectives made contact with his family in Webster, who had not seen him for three years.  Although detectives believe the human remains found in the wood could well be this man, they are continuing their investigation to make that determination.

The skeletal remains have been sent to the Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services (known as FACES) laboratory at LSU in Baton Rouge where the team of forensic anthropologists and facial reconstructionists will conduct DNA testing and reconstruction to determine cause of death.  Additionally, the local Northwest Louisiana Crime Lab to conduct DNA testing to determine identity.  The DNA results may take a few days or longer.