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By Chris Edwards
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DAM B – Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford made an announcement on Monday that human remains were discovered at a residence near Dam B.

Weatherford said that on Saturday, Dec. 16, his office received a call in reference to a discovery of what appeared to be a human jawbone at a residence along County Road 4120.

“A search of the historical residence and property was conducted and investigators did not locate any other possible remains,” Weatherford said.

On the scene, the homeowner, as well as family members and neighbors were interviewed, and the investigators with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office are checking cemeteries in the area, some of which are historic and have graves dating back to the 19th century.

The evidence collected will be sent for forensic analysis by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Sheriff Weatherford is encouraging anyone with any possible information about this discovery to contact TCSO at 409-283-2172.

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TCSO asking public help to locate missing juvenile

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MISSING Searra Clark

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TYLER COUNTY On Monday, the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office announced that it is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing juvenile.

Searra Marrie Clark, who, according to TCSO, was last seen in Tyler County between Woodville and Spurger, is missing. Clark, a White female, is 5’4” in height and weighs 109 lbs. She has black hair and blue eyes.

According to the bulletin issued by TCSO, she was last known to be wearing a camouflage hoodie and black pants.

Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford encouraged anyone who knows of her whereabouts to call the TCSO at 409-283-2172, or they can also report a tip about her location, anonymously, through the Crime Stoppers tipline at 936-639-TIPS, or via Crime Stoppers’ website at www.639TIPS.com.

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Fiery wreck results in fatality

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The accident scene on Tuesday evening near the county line, north of Colmesneil. Chris Edwards | TCBThe accident scene on Tuesday evening near the county line, north of Colmesneil. Chris Edwards | TCB

By Chris Edwards
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JASPER COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers are investigating a fatal crash on U.S. Highway 69 near Rockland, that occurred on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates that at approximately 3:52 p.m., a Kenworth truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling north and was stopped due to construction and was reportedly struck in the rear by a Ford F-150. After impact, the pickup caught fire.

The driver of the pickup, later identified as Matthew Everett Carr, 34, of Woodville, succumbed to injuries sustained during the crash and was pronounced deceased on scene by a Justice of the Peace.

This investigation remains ongoing and on further information is available at this time.

Following the crash, the Texas Department of Transportation’s Lufkin District issued a statement concerning the crash and safety in work zones.

“The work zone was set with rumble strips, barricades, and a flagger directing traffic just north of the Jasper County line on US 69. There was a work crew present at the time of the crash.

The TxDOT family would like to express its heartfelt sympathy to the family of those involved and to those who witnessed the crash,” said Rhonda Oaks, of TxDOT.

Motorists are urged to reduce speed and obey all traffic control in and near a TxDOT work zone. Stay alert for moving equipment and workers near the lanes of travel as you approach a work zone. Always be prepared to stop.

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UPDATE 12-08 - Fiery wreck results in fatality

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By Chris Edwards

JASPER COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers are investigating a fatal crash on U.S. Highway 69 near Rockland, that occurred on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates that at approximately 3:52 p.m., a Kenworth truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling north and was stopped due to construction and was reportedly struck in the rear by a Ford F-150. After impact, the pickup caught fire.

The driver of the pickup succumbed to injuries sustained during the crash and was pronounced deceased on scene by a Justice of the Peace. Their information is not available at this time.

Following the crash, the Texas Department of Transportation’s Lufkin District issued a statement concerning the crash and safety in work zones.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant Shana Clark on Thursday released the name of the man who died in a fiery Tuesday afternoon accident. It happened at about 4:00 in extreme northwest Jasper County in the Rockland Community. The man has been identified as Matthew Everett Carr, 34, of Woodville.

Emergency crews responded to U.S. Highway 69 at County Road 008 and found a Ford F-150 pickup truck completely engulfed in flames and the driver still inside. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Clark, a northbound 18-wheeler had stopped due to construction when it was hit from behind by the pickup truck, which then went off the highway and caught on fire.

“The work zone was set with rumble strips, barricades, and a flagger directing traffic just north of the Jasper County line on US 69. There was a work crew present at the time of the crash. The TxDOT family would like to express its heartfelt sympathy to the family of those involved and to those who witnessed the crash,” said Rhonda Oaks, of TxDOT.

Motorists are urged to reduce speed and obey all traffic control in and near a TxDOT work zone. Stay alert for moving equipment and workers near the lanes of travel as you approach a work zone. Always be prepared to stop.

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K9 assists in missing person search

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TDCJ Sgt. Lonnie Baxter and officer Heath Fuller with “Toe.” PHOTO COURTESY OF TCSOTDCJ Sgt. Lonnie Baxter and officer Heath Fuller with “Toe.” PHOTO COURTESY OF TCSO

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Last week, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, one of the Gib Lewis Unit canine officers, “Toe,” helped locate a missing woman.

When the Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford requested assistance in locating a 64-year-old missing woman, the prison’s Scent Specific K9 Team was called to assist.

Toe, along with Sgt. Lonnie Baxter; Assistant Warden Jamarcus Goodall and officers Heath Fuller and Bart Dean, located the woman, who had been missing since the night before in a search effort between the two entities (Tyler County Sheriff’s Office and TDCJ).

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