ROSSER, TEXAS — Human remains recovered by the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office this morning along State Highway 34 are believed to belong to a man who was struck and killed on IH-45 outside Ferris just hours earlier according to authorities.
inForney.com has confirmed with both Kaufman and Ellis county law enforcement officials that the remains found near Rosser, are believed to belong to a victim that had been tragically killed hours earlier on IH-45 near exit 236 outside the city of Ferris, in neighboring Ellis county.
According to a Ferris Police Department spokesman speaking on background, the Ferris Fire Department was dispatched to assist the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers to a reported motor vehicle and pedestrian accident on the interstate just before dawn this morning.
Police say they believe an unidentified man who was on the interstate on foot was fatally struck by a large truck. The victim’s body was dismembered on impact and littered the highway. Parts of the victim’s body were recovered and transported to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office Friday morning.
Hours later, approximately 35 miles from the original crash site, KCSO deputies were dispatched to the 15000 block of South State Highway 34 near the entrance of the Trinity River Authority pump station. There KCSO Criminal Investigations Division found an undisclosed amount of dismembered human remains as previously reported by inForney.com. Those remains were delivered to the Dallas County medical examiners office early this afternoon after recovery.
According to an Ellis County Sheriff’s office spokesman, Dallas County Medical Examiners office officials were able to determine that the unidentified remains delivered by the KCSO were most likely associated with remains delivered earlier in the day from the fatality accident in Ferris. The medical examiner’s office contacted both agencies this afternoon. Investigators must now wait on lab and autopsy results to confirm this.
Authorities have not been able to confirm how the few remains were displaced and ended up in Kaufman county, but say there is a possibility they were unknowingly transported by 18 wheelers or other vehicles.
According to the Ellis County Sheriff’s office, DPS will be leading the investigation, but they do not anticipate criminal charges, calling it a “tragic accident.”
inForney.com was unable to reach a DPS spokesman for comment by press time.
The man’s name will not be released until he has been identified and the notification of his next of kin.
ORIGINAL STORY Published today at 02:55 p.m.
ROSSER, TEXAS — Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office investigators are working a scene along State Highway 34 South near the Kaufman and Ellis County lines after human remains were discovered Friday morning.
According to KCSO, deputies were dispatched this morning after being alerted by a 911 call of human remains along the side of the road. Upon arrival, deputies located an undisclosed number of dismembered body parts and an investigation was underway.
KCSO Public Information Officer Jolie Stewart tells inForney.com this afternoon that this is an active investigation and that department is unaware of any missing persons from the area.
“While it is still very early in the investigation, we are unable to identify the remains at this time,” Stewart says.
Kaufman County Justice of the Pct. 4 Judge Johnny Adams ordered the remains be transported to the Dallas County medical examiner’s office for DNA testing and possible identification today inForney.com has confirmed.
Authorities would not release any information on what was found at the scene or speculate on the possible cause or time of death.