Medical records used to ID skeletal remains
A search warrant has been issued for medical records for a device found with skeletal remains discovered in the Bandera Ranch Acres subdivision last week, according to Bandera County Chief Deputy Matt King.
King says the warrant was needed because there were no teeth that could be used to help identify the remains, which were discovered in the neighborhood of Norma Espinoza by a neighborhood resident on Sept. 6.
Espinoza, 63, was reported missing last month by her daughter.
According to King, identifiable information including a cane and clothing belonging to Espinoza was also found with the remains. As of the Bulletin’s press deadline, the department is still waiting to officially make a positive identification.
The remains were sent earlier this month to Central Texas in Lockhart for an autopsy.
“They did complete the autopsy, but did not find anything criminal as the cause of death. They are waiting on medical records for a positive identification,” said King.
King also said the department is continuing to investigate 56-year-old Sean Duffy’s disappearance and found burnt remains as a homicide.
The disappearance of 25-yearold Jordan Tompkins is also under continued investigation. She was last seen in Lakehills. She is 5’3” and weighs approximately 130 pounds. She has brown eyes, dark-blonde hair and tattoos.
Bandera County Sheriff Daniel Butts told KSAT 12 last week he does not believe any of the recent missing persons and discovered bodies are related.
“I don’t see where there’s any evidence that we have a serial person out here attacking people,” said Butts. “Don’t believe everything you hear on Facebook or read on Facebook. We go by the evidence as it’s presented, and we follow that evidence to wherever it takes us.”