COLLIN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – The investigation continues in Anna, where police are back at work after human remains were discovered in a wooded area yesterday.
While the discovery of what’s left of a human body is disturbing, this potential crime scene is of particular interest because the area, near the intersection of Taylor Boulevard and Black Willow Trail, is one of the locations where police and volunteers previously searched for missing North Texan Christina Morris.
It was more than three years ago when Morris vanished from a parking garage at The Shops at Legacy in Plano. While police are firm, saying the remains have not yet been identified they did quickly alert Morris’ family of the discovery.
On Thursday morning members of the Morris family arrived at the scene where the remains were found. The group of women carried flowers and later stood hugging and consoling each other.
The discovery was made on Wednesday after an excavation crew began clearing brush for a new housing development. Andy Mitchell told CBS 11 News that he and his brother were checking on the progress on the development project when they came across the bones and some other items. “It appeared to be some clothing laying there, but we didn’t dig around because we knew they [police] would do their own investigation and we didn’t want to hinder it in any way,” he said.
Morris was last seen alive with Enrique Arochi in 2014. The two, who were former high school classmates, had been out partying with friends. Surveillance cameras captured video of Arochi and Morris walking together.
Three months after Morris disappeared police found DNA in the trunk of Arochi’s car and arrested him. Arochi was charged with Aggravated Kidnapping and found guilty in 2016. He was sentenced to life in prison and is serving his time in the Robertson Prison Unit in Abilene.
The Collin County Sheriff’s Office and Plano police are assisting with the investigation in Anna. Members of Morris’s family have said they hope the remains are Christina’s so they can finally move on and see Arochi now tried for murder.
Crime scene investigators collected evidence late into the night on Wednesday and were back at the wooded field after the sun came up.
The Plano police have scheduled a press conference for 4:30 p.m. outside the police department.
Regardless of the identity of the person whose remains were discovered, neighbors in the area have planned a candlelight vigil to be held tonight at 7:30.