Nearly six months after going missing, the remains of a teenage boy from Dumas have finally been identified.
The DNA test results came back in late last week, a tragic confirmation about Braxton Blue's whereabouts and a sad closure to a case many believed went on far too long.
Seventeen-year-old Dumas native Braxton Blue went missing February 3, 2013 and like many missing person's cases - as time passes, hope fades.
"That's a long time, especially when someone is waiting," said Hartley County Sheriff Franky Scott.
In mid-May of 2013, a discovery was made in Dalhart. Police found a body down in a wash of the Rita Blanca Lake area, and that's just across the way from one of the homes where Braxton Blue was last seen alive about three months earlier. At the time, the body was so decomposed it was unable to be identified. But finally, more than two months later, DNA results confirmed the truth: the body belonged to Braxton Blue.
"We were of that feeling more than likely it was all along but we weren't able to definitely say so until we received the results of the DNA," said Sheriff Scott.
Preliminary reports indicate his death was caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but an official cause of death isn't to be determined until a judge sees the final autopsy report. Regardless, Hartley County officials say the Texas Rangers are no longer involved in the investigation.
"They are not actively involved," said Scott. "But we are still actively involved and we are not looking at anyone else."
Closure, that couldn't come soon enough for everyone involved.
"As far as our investigation into it, we are done," Scott said.