Jawbone found near Bastrop identified as man missing since 2015


BASTROP – The jawbone of a man who had been missing since 2015 was found on the Colorado River near Bastrop last month and has now been positively identified.

The bone was found near Bob Bryant Park in July and was turned into the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office.

The jawbone reportedly belonged to 26-year-old Houston resident Johnathan Lee Hamilton.

Sheriff Maurice Cook stated that Hamilton went missing in Houston but was located in Bastrop along with his vehicle. Following an interview with Hamilton, BCSO found him to be in a sound state of mind, added Cook.

He was reportedly last heard from in Bastrop in May 2015 by his family and was added to the missing persons list. Hamilton was considered to be in medical danger without his diabetes medication.

Hamilton’s mother stated, “We are still in the place we were 4 years ago. We don’t know what happened to Johnathan. Will we have closure? We are not sure. Time will tell. Was he murdered, was he in diabetic shock, was in pain and alone? That will haunt us.”

The family also thanked everyone who assisted in the effort of finding Johnathan.

An investigation by the sheriff’s office, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the North Texas University’s Forensic Anthropology Department is currently underway.

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