Police Report Reveals Details About Human Remains in Clapp Park


A police report provided some new details about human remains found in Clapp Park.  The report listed the specific location as 4502 Avenue U which would be the eastern edge of the park.

A press release from Lubbock Police said, “On Monday, May 23, 2016, investigators were notified that joggers had found a possible human bone.”

The police report identified a specific person who found the bone by name.  He was described as a Wolfforth Fire Academy student who took the bone to his instructor, Dr. Charles Addington.  Addington is a licensed physician, the Mayor of Wolfforth, and the Fire Chief of Wolfforth.

The police report said, “[Addington] is a licensed physician and recognized human landmarks on the bone, [Addington] believed to be a human Tibia.”

The tibia is a lower leg bone.

“I was approached on Monday night by one of my cadets at the Fire Academy that wanted me to identify something he had found,” Addington told EverythingLubbock.com.

“Very quickly when I saw it I knew exactly what it was,” he said. “It was a left tibia.”

Dr. Addington then contacted Lubbock Police. 

Police talked to the student, and according to the report, “He stated he saw the bone at Clapp Park behind Safety City.”

The student agreed to go with police to show officers exactly where the bone was originally found.

“The doctor immediately recognized it as potentially a human bone, so they initially launched an investigation, immediately,” Lieutenant Ray Mendoza with the Lubbock Police Department said.

“The joggers who found it, they came down here to the park with our investigators, kind of pointed out the general area of where they found it, and immediately started doing a search for more,” Mendoza said.

The Lubbock County Medical Examiner said on Thursday that the bone is confirmed as human.  The search for more remains continued Thursday in Clapp Park.  The effort included help from the Lubbock Fire Rescue dive team to search a playa lake in the park.

Lieutenant Mendoza said it is still very early in the investigation.

“At this particular time, we do not know, again, the age, the race, or the sex that’s associated with this bone,” Mendoza said.

“If you find something and it looks suspicious, you need to notify somebody. And you really shouldn’t touch it or move it or dig at it or misplace it,” Addington advised. “Notify somebody in the jurisdiction that you’re in.”

“The most important thing is that now we know that we found a bone that was part of somebody. Is this going to help us or help LPD to identify or heal someone’s family, open up or help with a case,” Addington said.

Also on Thursday, the family of Zoe Campos made comments on the finding of the remains.  CLICK HERE to see that story.

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