Officials say human remains in Bellmead still not identified

POSTED: Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 2:43pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am

BELLMEAD -- There are still questions swirling around bones found behind a local skating rink in Bellmead. Despite recent reports identifying the remains,officials say they haven't identified the body yet.

The remains were thought to be those of Bertram Britton, Jr., an ex-convict working toward a better life.

That's because his drivers license was found on the remains.

Now, Justice of the Pace, Jean Laster, and Bellmead Police Sgt. Andrew Turner says they haven't publicly released Britton's name because they still don't know the bone's real identity.

"Right now, investigators are waiting for the information to come back from the M.E.'s office. They're still doing their investigation, and we have not been able to identify the individual at this time," said Sgt. Turner.

Police say the bones could be Britton's, but they're not releasing any names because there is still some uncertainty.

Laster says she can't release any information until she knows it's accurate, and just because there is an I.D. on someone doesn't confirm an identity.

The I.D. card showed Britton's last address as a halfway house ran by a local church.

The pastor of that church, Ronnie Holmes, knew Britton and described him as a hard working, nice guy.

Holmes says it's unnerving to hear the name used saying he could be dead and then hearing it might not be the case.

"If this is not actually Bert, and if there's still some uncertainty, then we certainly would not want to put that name out for whoever his relatives are. Those things that cause that pain to them unnecessarily would be really unthinkable," said Holmes.

Police are working to secure an identity. Laster says the autopsy results should be able to identify the remains.

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