BRAZORIA COUNTY, TX - Officials with the Denton Police Department confirmed that they had recently recovered human remains from an excavation in Brazoria County on April 5. Through forensic analysis those remains have been identified as Kelli Cox, a Denton woman who disappeared in July of 1997.
Further DNA testing is expected and the investigation on the case continues.
Denton Police Department Press Release:
Denton Police Department Investigators recently participated in a crime scene excavation in Brazoria County, Texas linked to Kelli Cox’s disappearance. Kelli Cox disappeared from Denton on July 15, 1997 without explanation. During the excavation last week, human remains were recovered from the crime scene.
Through forensic analysis of dental records by The University of North Texas – Center for Human Identification and Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology and the Galveston County Medical Examiner's office, an identification has been made from the human remains recovered by Investigators in Brazoria County on April 5th, 2016. Those remains have been positively identified as Kelli Ann Cox. In furtherance of the investigation and as part of the identification process, DNA testing/analysis will be conducted by the University of North Texas – Health Science Center. Results of DNA testing can take a significant amount of time.
Our investigation is still on going.