Identifying remains found in Edinburg "could take months"

Piles of dirt have started to accumulate down a small dirt road in North Edinburg-- as police officers and city workers continued their search for more human remains.

But the task has not been an easy one.

"The area that we're in---investigators have a concern of trampling over the evidence that might be disturbed, Lt. Oscar Trevino said. They also have to be looking out for themselves. They have to look out for snakes. There are rattlesnakes---it is something they have to be looking out for."

As they keep an eye on their surroundings, the men and women continue to search for clues---anything that might help them identify the remains of that person found just a few days before.

"We are planning, in the next couple of days, to submit the remains for analysis, Trevino said. We're hoping DNA will help us identify this person."

But finding out who that person was will not happen overnight.

Pathologist, Dr. Norma Jean Farley told Action 4 News"if skeletal remains are not sent to an anthropologist the process could take up to two months.

These remains will be sent out for further testing---it could take up to six months or longer before police know anything about these remains.

"DNA results have to be submitted back to the laboratory and that could take months, Farley said. Anthropology as well, that could take months. They're looking at each bone, measuring and giving a very detailed report of their findings. They may have to DNA every single bone."

Police continue to treat this case as a homicide.