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Human remains found in northern Hockley County

Law enforcement personnel search the area in northern Hockley County where human remains were found over the weekend. (Photo courtesy of the Hockley County Sheriff’s Department)

Monday the Hockley County Sheriff’s Department reported they had discovered human remains in northern Hockley County over the weekend.

According to a press release from Sheriff Ray Scifres, deputies responded to the 4000 block of Fisher Road in northern Hockley County related to the discovery of a firearm in a field, Saturday, around 8 p.m. Family members of Jeffery Lynn Duffey, who was reported missing last month, were looking in the area and discovered the shotgun and notified law enforcement personnel.

Investigators responded to assist further in the search of the area and located human remains. Personnel from the Hockley County Sheriff’s Office, Lamb County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Texas Rangers were involved in the inveistigation and recovery. The agencies worked into the early morning hours on the scene.

Sunday, investigators returned to search the area and complete the search with the help of cadaver dogs and the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle to survey and map the overall location.

Sheriff Scifres said as of now, there is no positive idnetification of the remains that were located, but the department believes the location and circumstances are consistent with the identity possibly being that of Jeffrey Lynn Duffey.

“At this time, there is no positive identification of the person found, however the location and circumstances are consistent with the individual being Mr. Duffey,” Scifres said in a press release Monday. “We have been in conatct with his family and they are aware of the status of the investigation.”

The human remains were released to South Plains Forensic Pathology for further analysis and identification.

Scifres said there are no indications that the circumstances of Mr. Duffey’s disappearance, and of the recovery of the human remains, are related to a criminal act. However, Scifres said the investigation into the matter will continue and more information will be released as it becomes available.

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