Human skeleton found burned inside barbecue pit at home in southeast Houston, HPD says
HOUSTON – An investigation is underway after what appears to be a human skeleton was found burned inside a barbecue pit Tuesday afternoon at a home in southeast Houston, according to the Houston Police Department. .
“This is not your typical case,” Sgt. William Dunn with the HPD homicide unit said.
Police responded to a call around 3 p.m. to a person in the backyard of a home located in the 5200 block of Peach Creek Drive.
According to police, a person who was working in the backyard of the house found the remains. Investigators said the worker then left the home and called police.
Investigators are interviewing the family living in the home and trying to determine how the remains got inside the pit and how long they were there.
“It was a custom barbecue pit. it’s a brick grill. It’s quite big. It’s not the typical clunky you’re used to seeing at Lowes and Home Depot,” Dunn said.
Investigators said the barbecue pit looked as if it had been undisturbed for a while. Dunn also said that it looks like the full skeleton, including the skull, is inside the pit. Police said this could be a lengthy investigation.
“Of course, at this point, we don’t know the race, the gender, and we don’t know the body, if it’s a human skeleton, how they died. The Medical Examiner and Homicide Unit will determine that,” said Lieutenant Larry Crowson.
Police said it was being viewed as a death investigation. No fees have been paid.
Detectives ask anyone with information in this case to contact HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or to speak anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS .
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