Human Remains Update: Wastewater lift station locked at time body found

Police said Wednesday they found no obvious signs of homicide on the remains found near Ennis Joslin. There is still no link to missing person Caleb Harris.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — We are continuing to learn new details about the Perry Place wastewater lift station where human remains were found on Monday. 

3NEWS has learned that the lift station was locked when a Corpus Christi Water employee discovered the human remains while conducting maintenance. That means that someone would have had to have a key to get in to where the wet well is located, which is where the human remains were found.

City documents show there are about 105 lift stations in the city, and they are checked at varying levels of frequency. This is one of the smaller lift stations in the city.

Corpus Christi Police Chief Mike Markle said on Wednesday that the remains bore no obvious signs of homicide. Once the city worker found them at about 3:30 p.m. on Monday, they immediately contacted the police department.

Investigators still have not yet found any link to missing person Caleb Harris, who disappeared from a nearby apartment complex March 4. 

RELATED: FULL INTERVIEW: CCPD releases detailed timeline of Caleb Harris disappearance

The Medical Examiner’s Office was unable to make an identification or provide a manner or cause of death due to the advanced state of decomposition the remains were found in. 

Corpus Christi Police are attempting to determine how the human remains found their way into the wastewater lift station collection well. 

The remains are being sent to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification for DNA analysis. The university is a major resource in the United States for the identification of missing persons and unidentified human remains.

If you have information regarding this investigation, please contact the Corpus Christi Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at (361) 826-2840 or you can submit an anonymous tip at Crime Stoppers 888-TIPS (888-8477).

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