Decomposed body of man found in abandoned building after mystery anonymous call as cops probe cause of death
A DECOMPOSED body has been found inside an abandoned building after cops received a mystery anonymous phone call.
Randall David Craig’s body was found in Houston, Texas on April 22but officers are investigating his cause of death.
Cops received an anonymous call regarding skeletal remains that were found behind a motel in the Kempwood area of the city.
They found Craig's remains inside a derelict building, KHOU reported.
Police do not know how his body ended up inside the abandoned property.
Forensic teams managed to formally identify the remains on May 10 as belonging to Craig, 59, after obtaining radiographs.
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The manner of his death still remains under investigation as the probe continues.
Anyone with extra information is urged to contact Houston Police Department’s Homicide Division at 713-308-3600.
Meanwhile, cops identified remains found at a Virginia building site 15 years ago as belonging to Douglas Virgil Priester III.
Cops said Priester, who was last seen in 1996, was 30 years old when he went missing.
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Remains were found at the construction site in June 2007.
The body had been there for an undetermined amount of time when it was discovered, according to police.
Technology had prevented detectives from advancing the probe at the time.
They continued to look through missing and unidentified person’s reports, but the case eventually went cold.
Then, in late 2021, Redmond Police detectives began working with a genetic genealogist.
The remains were formally identified in April 2022.
Redmond Detective C Mitchell said: “We hope this will bring some closure to a tragic chapter in his family’s life.”
Officers said: “We believe every person deserves to return to their family."
Priester’s cause of death remains unknown as the investigation continues.
And, a metal barrel filled with skeletal remains was found on the shoreline of Lake Mead, Nevada earlier this month.
Cops determined that the remains belonged to a man who died in the 1970s or 1980s.
Lt. Ray Spencer told The New York Times that investigators believe the man died from a gunshot wound.
He also told the outlet that detectives will "definitely not rule out" that the victim's death could have been Mafia-related.
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The Lake Mead area has been facing a drought, causing receding water lines to expose skeletons of individuals who have been missing for decades.
If the drought persists and the waters continue to recede, Spencer said it’s not unlikely that more bodies will be exposed.
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