KAUFMAN COUNTY–Human remains were recovered by the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) July 10 along State Highway 34 and are believed to belong to a man who was struck and killed on Interstate Highway 45 outside Ferris near exit 236, hours earlier.
According to Ferris Police Department, the Ferris Fire Department was dispatched to assist the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department (ECSD) and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers to a reported motor vehicle and pedestrian accident on the interstate just before dawn July 10.
Authorities believe an unidentified man who was on the interstate on foot, was fatally struck by a large truck. The victim’s body was dismembered on impact and littered the highway. Parts of the victim’s body were recovered and transported to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office on the morning of July 10.
Later, 35 miles from the original crash site, KCSO deputies were dispatched to the 15000 block of South State Highway 34 near the entrance of the Trinity River Authority pump station. KCSO Criminal Investigations Division found an undisclosed amount of dismembered human remains. Those remains were delivered to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office in the afternoon of July 10.
Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office officials were able to determine that the unidentified remains delivered by the KCSO were most likely associated with remains delivered earlier in the day from the fatality accident in Ferris. The medical examiner’s office contacted both agencies July 10.
According to ECSO, DPS will be leading the investigation, but does not anticipate criminal charges, calling it a “tragic accident.”