UPDATED: Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 10:31pm
Hewitt, TX — After five months, the Hewitt Police Department has finally identified a man they’ve come to know as John Doe #1. They are hoping the revelation will bring them one step closer to figuring out what exactly happened to him.
On September 6th, Hewitt PD discovered two bodies in some wooded area near Bridle Trail. The department gave them the names John Doe #1 and John Doe #2.
Police believe the two were both murdered.
The department sent remains to forensic scientists and began asking public for any information.
Using clay, a local artist even recreated the face of John Doe #1. But any tips given to police went nowhere.
Hewitt Police Chief Jim Devlin had been working on the case nearly every day since finding the remains.
“We were kind of running up against the wall at that point," said Devlin. "It is hard to work on an investigation of this kind when you don’t really even know who you are working it for.”
On December 16th, DNA from John Doe #1 determined the body was of Erasmo Guillen-Ruiz.
“He’s from the Dallas area," said Devlin. "He is a Mexican national and had been up there in Dallas for a number of years. He was married and had two kids- two daughters.”
Guillen-Ruiz has a checkered past.
He had at least 5 DUIs and spent time in prison because of them. That’s the reason he showed up in the federal database.
But regardless of his personal history, Devlin said the case needs to be solved.
“It doesn’t really matter what you have in the background. If it’s an offense, it’s an offense," said Devlin.
"We are going to put forth 100% effort to get this solved and bring justice to the family members of that individual.”