North Texas investigators exhume victim from 1972

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Associated Press

Posted on August 9, 2013 at 9:21 AM

CLEBURNE (AP) -- Remains of a man found dead more than 40 years ago have been exhumed from a North Texas cemetery so a cold-case team of retired investigators can try to find out who he is and hopefully who killed him.

DNA from the body removed Thursday will be compared with DNA of missing people entered into a database. His DNA also will go into other databases.

The man removed from the gravesite Thursday in Johnson County is known by police there as "Mr. X."  He was found by a rancher on Dec. 11, 1972, dumped in a field. He was shot three times.

Investigator James Ferguson tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the best outcome would be to identify the man and use that ID to lead to a suspect.

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