Department of Public Safety Attempts to Solve Cold Case Homicide

HEWITT – The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Hewitt Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a man whose remains were discovered in 1978 in Hewitt. The Hewitt Police Department is the lead agency in the investigation.

On April 3, 1978, a man’s body was found in a drainage culvert underneath FM 2113, just east of the intersection with FM 1695 in Hewitt (McLennan County). He was the victim of homicide and had been killed within a few days of the body being discovered.

A DPS/Texas Rangers’ forensic artist was able to develop drawings of the victim, his tattoos and his clothing based on crime scene and morgue photographs. The above images represent the victim’s probable appearance and two of his tattoos. The DPS Missing & Unidentified Persons Clearinghouse is also assisting in this case.

The victim was white, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed about 128 pounds, with brown eyes and shoulder-length light brown hair, a mustache and a small goatee. At the time of his death, he was wearing Levi’s jeans, brown boots and a long-sleeved shirt with a dark blue/white floral pattern.

He was also wearing a white puka shell necklace with black beads.  A silver-colored “Snoopy” medallion was found at the scene. The victim had three crude tattoos: a cross inside the shape of a heart on his upper left arm, the word “Peace” on his left forearm in capital letters (see image at top), and the letters “RB” on his upper right arm.

For more information related to this case or to see additional images of items found with the remains, visit the DPS Missing & Unidentified Persons Clearinghouse website here: www.dps.texas.gov/mpch/UnidentifieddetailsPrint.asp?id=U1510003&Person=Unidentified.

Anyone with information about any missing person matching this description should contact Hewitt Police Department Sgt. Chad Kasting at (254) 666-6272 or the Missing Persons Clearinghouse at (800) 346-3243.

DPS encourages anyone with a missing relative from any time period to submit a familial reference sample of DNA by contacting the agency that investigated the disappearance. The process is simple and free, usually consisting of a simple cheek-swabbing, but must be done via a law enforcement agency.