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12 years later, body ID’d

Nearly 12 years after their discovery, authorities have finally identified a set of human remains found near U.S. 287 near the unincorporated community of Sardis west of Waxahachie.
Lt. Jason Westmoreland, head of criminal investigations for the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, said the case began when deputies were alerted to the presence of a human skeleton near railroad tracks in the vicinity of U.S. 287 and Odom Road. The remains have, after bone sample testing at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, been identified as those of missing Kennedale resident Jacob W. Whitt, who was 22 at the time of his disappearance. The case was ruled a suicide by the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The remains were unidentified for 11 years, Westmoreland said, and Sheriff Johnny Brown has been behind efforts to reopen and solve “cold cases” within the department since assuming office.

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