Man working in backyard finds burned remains in BBQ pit, police say

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Burned remains found in BBQ pit at SE Houston home, HPD says
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A man working at a home made a gruesome discovery in the BBQ pit. Police are investigating, but believe the remains have been in the pit for some time.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Police are investigating after a man working at home in southeast Houston found human remains in the backyard BBQ pit.

Officers responded to a "person down" call in the 5200 block of Peach Creek Drive at about 3 p.m. Tuesday. A worker left the property after making the discovery and called to report it, police said. When officers arrived, they found burned human bones in the built-in pit.

"It's a full skeleton with a skull," Sgt. William Dunn explained. "I don't know if any bones are missing, but it appears to be a full skeleton."

After the initial response, police got a search warrant to collect the bones and search the pit. They say the bones appear to be those of an adult and have been there for some time.

They interviewed the family members who live in the home. They said everyone is accounted for.

An autopsy will determine sex, approximate age and possibly a cause of death.

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