Jessica Cain Search Update: Homicide Investigation Likely To Begin After Remains Found In Search For Teen Missing Since 1997

Jessica Cain was 17 when she disappeared after an outing with friends in 1997, and now authorities believe they have found the remains of the long-missing teen in a horse pasture near Houston.

After weeks of searching, authorities uncovered bones believed to be Cain’s. Now, a homicide investigation is reportedly starting as authorities try to determine how Cain came to rest in a field near Interstate 45 South.

Police with backhoes and bulldozers uncovered bones in the field after William Lewis Reece, a prisoner convicted of a series of similar attacks in the 1990s, led them to that point.

Though the remains are believed to belong to Jessica Cain, police have yet to make a formal identification.

“Right now, we have no clue who this person is,” Richard Martinez, a detective with the Houston Police Department’s homicide division, told the Houston Chronicle. “If it is not Jessica Cain, we have to find out who it is.”