Just over two weeks ago the Lamar County Sheriff’s office was contact by a property owner in the southern part of Lamar County near County Road 14760. The land owner reported finding what appeared to be a skull and bones of a human while tending to his cattle.
According to a press release from Lamar County Sheriff’s Office Texas Ranger Stacy McNeal along with sheriff’s detectives recovered what appeared to be human remains in a remote area of his pasture.
Justice of the Peace Crystal Duke was called upon to pronounce the body as it was apparent the human remains had been at this location for a lengthy time frame.
The remains were sent to an anthropologist in Dallas for verification and identification. Using DNA and dental records, the remains were identified as being those of the missing woman, Ali Burress, 28-year old who disappeared June 29, 2015 following a 911 call to which she stated she was lost in her silver Toyota car in a corn field on County Road 14850 just two miles away from this location. Cause of death was not disclosed.
During her calls to the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office before her cell phone battery died, it was said she could hear the helicopter searching but was unable to tell authorities her exact location. Delta County Sheriff’s Officers, volunteer fire fighters, K9 units and several ground units were originally involved in the search before her vehicle was located. Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith said her silver Toyota car was found well off State Highway 24 crashed behind Midway Fire Department. Lamar County Sheriff’s Office describes the area where her vehicle was found as “very remote” as they utilized the GPS on her phone to find the location in the dark.