ALMA — Anthropologists from the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification have determined the race and gender of human remains found on Saturday near Ennis.

According to Ellis County Sheriff’s Office PIO Sgt. Joe Fitzgerald, the remains are believed to be an African-American female who was between 16-22 years old with a medium frame and muscular build at the time of death. She was also between 5-foot-6 and 6-foot tall.

Fitzgerald said the case is being investigated as a potential homicide. 

Ellis County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched at 4:25 p.m. near Section House Road in Alma to a non-addressed parcel of agricultural land. The area consists of planted crops and a small wooded section.

“The responding deputies, shortly after arrival, confirmed the remains to be human,” stated Ellis County Sheriff’s Cpt. Chris Hamilton in a previous Daily Light article. “The deputies then contacted the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Division investigators, along with a crime scene investigator to respond to the location.

“The investigators determined that the remains had been scattered over a large area. The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification.”

Hamilton added that the crime scene investigation began at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Sunday. Assisting in the investigation are ECSO investigators, Texas Department of Public Safety aircraft and staff from the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification. 

The unidentified human remains were transferred to the UNT Center for Human Identification for positive identification.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Fitzgerald at the sheriff's office at 972-825-4928