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Two sets of human remains found near Hewitt home


A Hewitt man gets a frightening discovery after finding two sets of human remains.

Jason Gilstrap was walking in a wooded area next to his home late Friday afternoon when he found what looked like a leg bone. Gilstrap says he didn't know if it was human or animal at the time, but after finding several more bones he realized it was human.

"I've never had a feeling like that of just fear and panic, and you got a million thoughts running through your mind. As soon as I seen the skull I was like out of the woods in seconds," Gilstrap said. "It's one thing to see skulls and death on TV but when you see it with your own eyes that brings a whole reality to it, that this ain't TV."

Hewitt Police got to the house on the 100 block of Bridle Trail and confirmed they were human remains. When officers resumed their search Saturday morning, they found a second set of human remains nearby. Police say they're treating this as a homicide until they can rule that out.

"Basically we have individuals who are deceased inside our city limits," Hewitt Police chief Jim Devlin said. "We're going to treat that as a homicide and work backwards. We always will work a case like this until we prove otherwise what actually happened to cause that individual to pass away."

Both sets of remains were collected and will be sent to Dallas for testing. Police do not have any identification or their manner of deaths at this time, and it is an ongoing investigation. Police say the homeowners thought they smelled a foul odor in January, but they do not know how long the remains may have been there.

Police say they will now look through missing persons list for possible identification.


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