By HEATHER C. COX
Special to the PRESS
It has been two days, and authorities still have not released the identity of a woman whose remains were found buried under two feet of sand, “three to four miles north of public Beach Access 6,” said Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio.
The corpse of a woman reportedly clothed in green shorts and a purplish-colored shirt, with no identification on her person, was discovered around 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10, by a passerby who reportedly observed coyotes eating something in the sand. This activity yielded concern and the individual alerted the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department of the situation.
The victim is reportedly “a very petite female, estimated to be between the ages of 17-21,” said Lucio. Additionally, Lucio said authorities believe the body “may have been buried for at least a week to 10 days.” An autopsy has been ordered to help officials conclude time of death and whether the female was a victim of a homicide.
Lucio explained, “We don’t work on assumptions. We will have to wait until evidence surfaces,” before determining whether or not this young woman’s death is related to the death of 35-year-old Jeremy Tyrone Eyster, whose body washed to shore on September 29 near the same location.
A fatal gunshot wound to the head has caused authorities to treat Eyster’s death as a homicide, although official autopsy results have not been publicly disclosed as of presstime. Lucio and Cameron County Sheriff’s deputies are currently investigating both cases; albeit, Lucio stated, “We have no reason to believe the two deaths are related.”
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