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Jasper County human remains identified
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Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman said Monday that a series of tests conducted on human remains found north of Jasper have resulted in the identity of the man.
According to Newman, DNA tests performed by a State Police identified the individual as Michael Shane Henson, 37, of Jasper. However, what caused Henson's death is still unknown.
Newman said that an examination of the remains shows no sign of trauma and that there is no evidence of what caused Henson's death.
The investigation into the case began in January of this year when a man who lived just west of Highway 96 and south of Recreational Road 255, not far from Solley's Liquor Store, found a human skull and other bones in the woods.
In the weeks and months that followed, Newman along with deputies from his department, along with Texas Ranger Danny Young and officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation searched the area many times in an attempt to find evidence that might result in the identity of the body and give officers information as to what caused the death. However, Newman said that in the end it was the DNA tests performed by the Texas Rangers and the Texas Department of Public Safety that resulted in solving the mystery.