Human remains found may be of person missing since 2017

Published 11:56 am Saturday, November 23, 2019

To The Leader


In November 2017, Newton Police Department received a report of a missing person later identified as Randy Holmes, a white male of newton, Texas.

Information obtained led Newton Police to believe foul play was involved, according to a press release from Newton County Sheriff’s Office. 

Upon further investigation and information, Newton Police Chief and lead investigator Will Jackson contacted Chief Deputy Cynthia Hall for assistance with the case.

Jackson was given information that this missing person’s remains would be located in the county of Newton.

Both Jackson and Hall continued the investigation by interviewing different witnesses and gathering information.

This month, Hall caught a break in the case and was given a possible location of Holme’s remains. Hall and Jackson made contact with the evidence response team for the FBI along with other first responders so assist in the recovery of the remains.

On Thursday, Nov. 21, Newton County Sheriff’s Office and the Newton Police Department recovered what they believe to be human remains. 

Law enforcement believes the remains are that of Randy Holmes but cannot confirm until the remains are positively identified through DNA testing.

This case remains under investigation.