Entries in Human Remains (6)


Possible Remains of Missing Texas Teen Hailey Dunn Found

ABC News(BIG SPRING, Texas) -- Human remains have been discovered in a pasture 40 miles from Colorado City, Texas, where 13-year-old Hailey Dunn disappeared over one year ago.

Authorities in Big Spring, Texas, confirmed that human remains were found near the McMahon Wrinkle Airpark Tuesday afternoon.  The airpark is approximately one mile from the home of Shawn Adkins, the boyfriend at the time of Dunn's mother, and the only named person of interest in the case.

Detective Sgt. Tony Everett said the remains appeared to have been there "for a long period of time," according to the San Angelo Standard Times.  Everett said that an FBI evidence recovery team from Dallas is going to process the scene Wednesday morning.

No official connection has yet to be made between the remains found Tuesday and Hailey Dunn.

Adkins, who was 25 at the time of the girl's disappearance, was called one of several persons of interest in January 2011 by investigators in Colorado City.  He was the live-in boyfriend of her mother, Billie Dunn, but the couple is reportedly no longer together in the aftermath of Hailey's disappearance.

Adkins was the last person to see the 13-year-old cheerleader on Dec. 27, 2010.  Billie Dunn, 33, reported her daughter's disappearance the next day.

Both Dunn and Adkins failed polygraph exams during the initial investigation into Hailey Dunn's disappearance.  Billie Dunn took a lie detector test twice, and the first test ended prematurely when investigators discovered she was under the influence of narcotics.  The second exam indicated that she had been deceptive, according to the affidavit.

Adkins took three polygraph exams.  The first two times he walked out of the room before the test was completed.  The third time he was found to be deceptive during the first part of the exam.

During the second stage of the exam, Adkins revealed that Hailey might be in Scurry County, Texas.  Investigators deemed him to be telling the truth.  When pressed about a more precise location for the girl, Adkins refused to complete the test, according to the affidavit.

Investigators said that Adkins has given contradictory statements about the day Hailey disappeared.

Adkins also told investigators that he was fired from his job the day Hailey disappeared.  Adkins worked for a company that does oil well casing and logging.  His boss, however, told investigators that he wasn't fired, but abruptly left work minutes after showing up, according to the affidavit.

Adkins told investigators that he drove straight to his mother's home in Big Spring, Texas.  Cellphone records show Adkins making calls from Dunn's home between 6:35 a.m. until 6:56 a.m., the court papers state.

Dunn left for work as a receptionist at a hospital at 6:20 a.m.

"According to all reports, Hailey Dunn would have been alone in the residence during this time period," the affidavit said.

Adkins eventually went to the home of his mother and used her computer.  That computer has been taken as evidence, according to the affidavit.

On the evening of Hailey's disappearance, Dunn and Adkins reportedly withdrew money from two banks to buy drugs, the affidavit said.  There are also claims that the couple had a New Year's party, just days after the 13-year-old girl disappeared, according to the affidavit.

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Susan Powell Search: No Human Remains Found After All, Officials Say

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah) -- No actual human remains have been found in the search for missing Utah woman Susan Powell, though police cadaver dogs did pick up scents at a desert location, police reportedly said, clarifying earlier claims that they had found remains.

Earlier, police said remains near Topaz Mountain in Juab County, Utah, were recent and were found in what they told Powell's father amounted to a "shallow grave."

West Valley City, Utah, Police Sgt. Mike Powell, no relation to Susan Powell, added that an anthropologist even examined the remains to ensure that they were not bones "of antiquity" that had been buried in the desert for decades.

But Thursday evening, authorities said they found no actual body parts where the cadaver dogs picked up scents. Police did not fully explain why they earlier said they had found remains.

Powell disappeared in December 2009 while her husband allegedly took their two children camping in middle of the night during a snowstorm and rainstorm. The campsite where he told police he took them is about 30 miles away from where officials reported the remains discovered.

The sergeant would not call the remains "bones," and said that whatever police found may not have been visible to the human eye. The alleged remains were found by cadaver dogs on Wednesday.

Two fresh cadaver dogs will be brought in to go over the patch of ground where the remains were found, and then a medical examiner was likely to be called to begin the process of identifying them, Sgt. Powell said.

Police are continuing their search throughout the desert around the base of Mount Topaz.

Susan Powell's husband Josh Powell, 35, released a statement after officials claimed to discover remains that read, "With very little information available to the public, we can only hope that additional information is released quickly to minimize heartache to those of us who love Susan. In the meantime, we continue to hope for Susan's safe return."

The husband is the only person whom the police have identified as a person of interest in his wife's disappearance.

Josh Powell said he has never been to the area where the remains may have been found. The area is a popular place where people go to hunt for gems and stones.

Throughout the nearly two-year ordeal, Josh Powell has continued to proclaim his innocence.

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Susan Powell’s Father: Remains Discovery ‘Doesn’t Get Our Hopes Up’

Comstock/Thinkstock(WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah) -- The father of missing Utah mother Susan Powell responded to the news that police have found remains in the desert which are “almost certainly human” by saying that it “doesn’t get our hopes up.”

Charles Cox said Wednesday that although investigators finding Powell alive would be ideal, the discovery of her body would at least bring some closure as to what happened to her.  It is not yet known whether the remains discovered by police in the Utah desert belong to Powell, the mother of two from West Valley City, Utah.

“I’d rather they find her alive.  But if they find her body then at least we know she’s not with us anymore,” Cox said, adding that Wednesday’s discovery of human remains “doesn’t get our hopes up a lot.”

“At the same time, it could be the break.  We live that every day.  Every phone call we get could be the one that tells us we’ve found Susan,” he said.

Cadaver dogs that had been combing the fields around Topaz Mountain, near Delta, Utah, found the remains Wednesday, according to the report.

“It’s an area that they were looking at,” Cox said.  “They wanted to search that area because it’s well-known for finding gems and things.  We know that they had gone out and looked for gems at one time as a family.  So, it’s just an area that they wanted to search.”

Police said the remains are almost certainly human, not animal, though gender or how long they have been there could not yet be determined, the report said.  A medical examiner has been brought to the scene, police told ABC News Salt Lake City affiliate ABC4.

Speaking from his home in Washington, Cox expressed some doubt that the remains are his daughter.

“Too many times, people go out there with Cadaver dogs along those roads out there.  So, it could be a pioneer, it could be who knows -- anybody out there,” Cox said.

Powell disappeared in December 2009, while her husband, Josh Powell, allegedly took their children camping at midnight in a snow and rain storm.  The campsite he told police he went to is 30 miles away from the desert where the remains were found.

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Possible Human Remains Found in Susan Powell Search

Comstock/Thinkstock(WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah) -- Police searching for Susan Cox Powell in a Utah desert have found remains that are “almost certainly human," according to ABC News affiliate ABC4. It is not yet known whether they belong to Powell, the mother of two from West Valley City, Utah, who disappeared in 2009.

Cadaver dogs that had been combing the fields around Topaz Mountain, near Delta, Utah, found the remains Wednesday, according to the report.

Police said the remains are almost certainly human, not animal, though the gender or how long they have been there could not yet be determined, the report said. A medical examiner has been brought to the scene, police told ABC4.

A reporter from the Salt Lake City Tribune tweeted that the West Valley Police, who are leading the investigation into Powell’s disappearance and death, are treating the area as a crime scene and are awaiting Juab County, Utah, sheriff’s officers to arrive to process the remains.

Powell disappeared in December, 2009, while her husband, Josh Powell, allegedly took their children camping at midnight in a snowstorm and rainstorm. The campsite he told police he went to is 30 miles away from the desert where the remains were found.

Josh Powell has long been a person of suspect in the investigation, and police recently raided the home he and his father share in Washington. Prior to that, police had searched abandoned mines in Ely, Nevada, in connection to the case.

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Psychic Tip Proves False: 'No Bodies Found' at Texas Home

Jupiterimages/Comstock/Thinkstock(HULL, Texas) -- After worldwide media attention on a rural Texas home -- sparked by a tip about dozens of dead bodies possibly hidden there -- investigators announced Tuesday night that no human remains were discovered in an extensive search.

"No bodies were found [and] there is nothing to indicate a homicide occurred here," Capt. Rex Evans of the Liberty County Sheriff's Office told reporters from outside the home.

Earlier on Tuesday, local news outlets reported the sheriff's office said they had discovered 25 to 30 bodies outside the Hull, Texas, home.  Authorities said a pair of tips about the supposed dead bodies came in Monday night and then again Tuesday morning from someone claiming to be a psychic.

Houston law enforcement initially reported that a cadaver dog indicated a spot where a body might be.  Later, law enforcement officials said dogs found no bodies at the location.

Live helicopter images showed dozens of officials at the scene during the search, from local police to Texas Rangers, as well as members of the media.

The owners of the home, Joe and Gena Bankson, told ABC News they had no idea why anyone would tell police there were dead bodies at their house and faxed the FBI permission to search it.  Gena Bankson said it was possible there's blood at the home, but that was likely the result of a recent incident in which her daughter's boyfriend drunkenly attempted suicide by slitting his wrists.

When told a psychic reportedly called in the tip, Bankson laughed.

After Evans' announcement, everyone from law enforcement to members of the media appeared to pack up to leave the area. 

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Zahra Baker Search Uncovers Human Remains

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Investigators searching for the missing North Carolina girl Zahra Baker are analyzing human remains found while combing through an area that they had previously checked.

The remains were discovered while searching along Dudley Shoals Road in Caldwell County and the banks and waters of the adjacent Gunpowder Creek, ABC News affiliate WSOC-TV reported Thursday.

Police had looked through the area earlier while accompanied by Zahra's stepmother Elisa Baker, who is currently being held on charges relating to the disabled girl's disappearance.

The remains will be analyzed at the State Bureau of Investigation's lab, WSOC reported.

A spokesman for the Hickory, N.C. police department declined to confirm the discovery of the remains and told ABC News, "The only thing I can share is that yesterday we recovered evidence that could provide valuable information in the Baker case."

Zahra, who was 10, was reported missing by her stepmother and father, Adam Baker, on Oct. 9, but police say no one outside of the family has reported seeing her since Sept. 25. Police have said they believe Zahra is dead.

Elisa Baker remains in jail after admitting to writing a fake $1 million ransom note, discovered the day she and her husband reported Zahra missing. The Bakers deny any involvement in their daughter's disappearance.

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