Are remains those of man missing after Ike?

September 9, 2009 3:07:54 PM PDT
Nearly one year after Hurricane Ike tore into the Texas coast, what are believed to be the remains of one of the storm's victims have been found. A debris cleanup crew found the remains Tuesday afternoon in a pasture along FM 562 in Chambers County.

It's been almost a year since Charles Haubois last saw his good friend, Harry Bingham. And still today, the pain of not knowing what happened is too much to bear.

"My dad and him were best friends, too," said Haubois. "It's hard."

It's why the discovery made Tuesday in a private pasture about three miles north of Smith Point is lending itself to some hope.

"This is what everybody has been waiting to see, if this him," said Haubois.

The remains were discovered by a crew cleaning debris off FM 562, not far from where Bingham's truck was found after Hurricane Ike. The victim, authorities say, had an eye injury, consistent with one Bingham had, according to his friends.

"He did have facial surgery on it where he busted his skull and stuff," said Haubois.

Authorities say DNA testing is still needed to positively identify the victim.

According to the Laura Recovery Center, Bingham is just one of four people from Bolivar Peninsula still missing after the storm.

Still for Baubois, that one in four chance that the remains are his friend's is offering something he hasn't seen in almost a year.

"Closure is one thing that we've been, we hate it's this way to close, but it's better than none at all," Baubois said.

Authorities aren't expecting any quick answers. They say DNA testing could take weeks.

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