I f you want proof that you don’t have to live in the middle of Houston or Dallas to receive the same kind of high-tech investigative police work you see on the “crime cable channels,” recent events have provided it.
A cooperative effort by the Milam County Sheriff’s Department, the DPS Crime Lab, a Texas Ranger and the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office have positively identified a partial skeleton found more than two years ago north of Cameron.
Frankly, it was one that looked virtually unsolvable when it was first reported.
On Jan. 13, 2011, a man picking up trash along US 77 saw a human skull in a wooded area and called the sheriff’s department.
Investigators responded to the scene and found the skull and part of a skeleton. They worked for more than 12 hours trying to obtain evidence at the scene.
It was meager but turned out to be enough for modern day investigative techniques.
A pair of jeans found at the scene yielded a card of some kind, so badly decomposed that it took lab technicians several months to restore enough of it to be read.
It turned out to be vital. It was an ID card from Mexico and technicians were able to decipher a name. Investigators were able to contact what turned out to be family members in Mexico and DNA testing was done.
The body was that of 26-year-old Miguel Regalado-Jaramillo, an immigrant from Mexico who resided on FM 979 in Milam County.
The sheriff’s department learned Mr. Jaramillo often went back to Mexico to visit his family without telling anyone. That’s why he hadn’t been missed here.
The forensic team could not determine the cause of death. Mr. Jaramillo’s remains were returned to Mexico.
Outstanding work, investigators. That kind of dedication to a task is to be admired and encouraged.—M.B.