Human Remains Found


Human remains were found Monday inside a home destroyed by fire on Sunday, Carson County Sheriff Office officials said.

“This was an isolated incident separate from the grassfires that were attacking Fritch,” Carson County Sheriff Loren Brand said. “The other fires were nowhere near this residence. We’ve been fortunate to have had the Fire Marshal’s office available to bring their expertise to this investigation. We will be working to determine the identity of the person found in the residence and to find a cause for the fire. No names will be released until we can identify the victim and notify the next of kin.”

The Sheriff’s Office and Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the house fire that was reported on Barraq Road along US Highway 36 near Fritch in Carson County at 3:45 a.m. Sunday, according to press release from the Sheriff’s Department. 

By the time firefighters from Fritch and Borger arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames and was endangering other houses and structures in the area. Firefighters were unable to save the primary structure, but they kept the fire from spreading, the release said.

When law enforcements officers arrived at the fire there were concerns that the residence may be occupied. A vehicle was parked in a garage on the property and the neighbors indicated that the owner had been at the residence from time to time, the release said. 

After the fire was brought under control, cadaver dogs were requested from Canyon and from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division in Childress to search for human remains. 

On Monday, human remains were found inside the structure by the arson investigators, the release said.

Justice of the Peace Jean Hardman was called to the scene and an autopsy was ordered to attempt identification and to see if a cause of death could be determined. The autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday in Lubbock.