Brown County investigators have received some of the results of DNA analysis on the remains of three infants found in a rural home 20 1/2 months ago, but investigators won't comment on the results until the investigation is wrapped up -- and that may be soon, Sheriff Bobby Grubbs said Thursday.
"Some results have come back" from the University of North Texas' Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology, where the remains were taken for analysis soon after they were discovered on Oct. 23, 2003, Grubbs said.
"I think in the near future we're going to be bringing it to a conclusion. I think we're on the verge of having it concluded," Grubbs said. "There is just a little bit of legwork left to be done, or follow-up investigation. Don't put me in a time frame."
Grubbs would not say what is left to be done in the investigation.
Texas Ranger Nick Hanna, who with the sheriff's office has investigated the case, agreed that a resolution is near, but declined further comment.
The infants' remains were found in a second-floor crawl space at a house on County Road 153, about five miles southeast of Bangs. Deena Roberts came across the large trash bag containing the remains while she and her husband, Stephen, were remodeling the house they had owned for about three years, authorities have said.
The home's only previous owners, James and Doris Bowling, died in 1999 and 2000, respectively. Their bodies were cremated, according to authorities. The Bowlings had the house built in 1987, according to records.
Authorities said earlier that the investigation was at a standstill until DNA testing determined if the infants were related to each other and if they were related to the Bowlings.
Lawmen have speculated that the most likely scenario will prove to be that the infants were the children of the Bowling couple.
Dr. Harrell Gill-King, director of the anthropology lab at the University of North Texas, said earlier that the conditions of the remains -- two of them skeletal, one mummified -- suggest that the infants have been dead for anywhere from 20 to 40 years. He said his analysis reveals that they were born alive and lived a few weeks. The mummified infant was a male and slightly older than the other two. The younger two may have been twins.
He said he has found no evidence of trauma in the infants' deaths and that the circumstances don't, to him, suggest homicide.