LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas – A preliminary forensics report revealed that human remains found in north Liberty County in April are not that of a teenager reported missing since January.
Human remains found by the Sheriff’s Department and Texas EquuSearch on April 12 near State Highway 59 and County Road 322 are not that of Rodney Aaron Stokley, 19, according to the Center of Human Identification at the University of North Texas.
Stokley had been reported missing since Jan. 21, 2008.
Although the DNA analysis of the bones found will not be available for four to six weeks, an examination of the skeletal bones and dental records confirmed that the remains were not Stokely's.
The remains are described to be that of a Hispanic male, 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall and 15 to 20 years old, according to the forensics lab.
The lab said that there were no indications of disease or trauma, which might be useful in the identification of the decedent.
Both the Sheriff’s Department, as well as Texas EquuSearch, has checked all their missing person cases on file and neither has found any case where the above descriptors fit any of their reported cases.
Investigators have sent out the available forensic information to all law enforcement agencies in order to determine if any other agency has a case that might match up with the remains.
Anyone who may have information as to the identification of the deceased is asked to contact the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department at (936) 336-4500 and leave your information for lead Investigator, Sgt. Paul Lasco.