Human skeletal remains found in home identified

Published on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:55 - Written by KENNETH DEAN kdean@tylerpaper.com

Human remains found in an abandoned home in the Eustace area have law enforcement asking how the man came to be in the home and how he died.

Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt said Theodore “Ted” Hunt’s skeletal remains were found last November during the demolition of a mobile home in the 500 block of U.S. Highway 175 in Eustace.

Nutt said the University of North Texas Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology in Denton declared the bones to be human and positively identified them as Hunt.

Nutt said Hunt had been missing since late February or early March 2011 and an extensive search for the man, including a small lake being drained, turned up no clues in Hunt’s disappearance until the remains were found in the rubble of the home. Nutt did not know the man’s age.

“We really looked for him, but nothing turned up until they started tearing down that home,” he said.

Nutt said authorities are searching for Hunt’s vehicle, a 1983 cream-colored Mercury, which is believed to have been stolen after his disappearance.

“We don’t know what happened at this time, but we are thinking it was some kind of foul play,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at 903-675-5128.