Remains of missing Wichita Falls man identified

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WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL)— UPDATE: Nov. 11, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

More than 4 1/2 years after his family last heard from him, remains found last year near Corpus Christi have been identified as those of 35-year-old Jessie David Barnes of Wichita Falls.

Barnes was reported missing from Wichita Falls in February 2015 and the unidentified remains were found under a bridge in Robstown in April of 2018.

They went unidentified until last week.

A detective with the Robstown Police told us the remains were submitted to the forensic science program at the university of north texas and positively identified last week as Barnes.

At the time police and texas rangers could not even determine if the remains were those of a man or woman.

Police said the bridge where his remains were found is sometimes a gathering place for homeless people.

His family said the last contact they had with the father of four was when he said he was going to the bank to get money to pay bills and get groceries.

Surveillance video showed Barnes getting gas at United Market Street on February 23, 2015.

Wichita Falls detective David Raines has been on this case since the beginning.

He said the day after Barnes got gas, he was stopped by police for speeding in Freer Texas which is west of Robstown.

Raines said Barnes’ Ford Explorer was impounded because he had no insurance.

Raines said police took him to the police station and offered him the use of a phone, but he declined, pulled out a cell phone and made a call, then left without his vehicle.

Police later ran the license plate and learned Barnes was reported as missing, but by then, police could find no trace of him.

No other confirmed sighting was reported up to when the unidentified remains were found three years later.

Raines said when told Barnes had been in Freer, the family said Barnes had once said he had always wanted to live on the beach in south Texas.

Barnes’s mother Joy Amyx said hearing the news of her son’s passing was devastating.

“Here I am hoping Jessie can be found and brought home,” Amyx said. “When Detective Raines come in he said that we have found Jessie but he is deceased. I know for the next hour I cried.”


WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — According to Robstown Police Department, human remains found near Corpus Christi in April 2018, have now been identified as a Wichita Falls man. 

Jessie Barnes, 36, went missing in February 2015, telling family and friends he was going to live on the beach.  That was the last contact they had with him.

The remains were identified by the University of North Texas Forensic Science Program. 

Stick with Texoma’s Homepage for more on this developing story.

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