Comanche County_The FBI has a strong feeling that skeletal remains found near Indiahoma are that of a man who went missing last summer. The remains were found by a man who was hiking in a wooded area Tuesday evening. The family of a man who went missing earlier of this year is wondering if these are his remains.
Gene Hartman went missing in early June and his family has worried about him since he left without his seizure medication and is mentally disabled. The Comanche County Sheriff's Department conducted a manhunt that lasted for days in the area near his home. There were reports of him being spotted, but he never turned up and the case went cold.
John Parker, the man who discovered the skeletal remains, says he was hiking along a heavily wooded area and says he stumbled on what appeared to be human remains near the path he was hiking. He says he walks the woods on a regular basis and didn't venture far from his regular route when all of a sudden he looked down and saw what he says was a human skull.
Parker was a volunteer during the search for Hartman and was aware of what he was last seen wearing - a white t-shirt, coveralls and black shoes. He says he saw mangled, sun bleached clothing, and it was the black shoes that led him to believe the bones were Hartman's. "[There were] bones scattered. Black shoes with a bone still in it - looked like animals had got a hold of the remains," he says.
Night was falling as Parker discovered the bones, so to be perfectly sure the bones were indeed human remains, he waited until morning to investigate, along with his boss. Both agreed the remains were human. "I hope this gives someone some closure...for someone's family," says Parker.