By Erica Morse
updated 3:00PM CST, April 9th, 2012
The human remains found by two tank workers in Big Spring, Texas, on March 20th are still unidentified, but authorities are continuing to investigate.
Speculation initially tied the remains to missing west Texas cheerleader Hailey Dunn, but an autopsy by the Tarrant County Coroner ruled them to be those of an elderly male. With approximate age and gender now determined, authorities and advocates across the Lone Star state are working to identify the man, who was believed to have been there for quite some time.
Authorities in Palo Pinto, Texas, have already been in contact with Big Spring Police to determine if the man could be missing 82-year-old Charles “Charlie” Richardson. “I heard about the discovery while in Midland that weekend,” says Special Investigator Randy Johnson with the Palo Pinto PD. “Our office was in contact with BSPD immediately, and we’re working to see if any of the belongings at the site match our missing man.”
Charlie Richardson was last seen around 9:30am on June 13th, 2011, when a friend dropped him off at a rest stop near his home. Although he told the friend he intended to catch a ride eastbound to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Palo Pinto officials told MPN the rest area in question is on the westbound side of the highway.
Others, still, have wondered if the remains could belong to Big Spring resident William “Arlin” Bynum, missing since March 2003. Bynum was last seen leaving the San Franciscan Bar in downtown Big Spring, and rumors have been rampant ever since. A skull found north of town in a salvage yard last September appears to match both Bynum’s gender and age, and forensics on that discovery have not yet been made public; additionally, two people have recently come forward claiming to have information related to the night of his disappearance, re-energizing the case. The Texas Rangers and Big Spring Police Department are continuing to investigate.
If you have any information regarding Charles “Charlie” Richardson’s disappearance, please call the Palo Pinto Police Department at (940) 659-2085. Anyone with information related to William “Arlin” Bynum’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Big Spring Police Department at (432) 264-2556. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous is encouraged to contact their local CrimeStoppers.