Hockley County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 4000 block of Fisher Road in Hockley County in relation to discovery of a firearm found in a field on Saturday at approximately 8:00 pm. Family members searching the area for Jeffrey Lynn Duffey, who was reported missing on July 22, 2019 were looking in the area and discovered the shotgun and notified law enforcement personnel.
Investigators responded to assist in a further search of the area and during the search human remains were discovered. Personnel from the Hockley County Sheriff’s Office, Lamb county Sheriff’s Office, Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Texas Rangers were involved in the investigation and recovery, and worked into the early morning hours on the scene.
On Sunday, investigators returned to search the area with the assistance of cadaver dogs, and the use of an unmanned aircraft to survey and map the overall location.
At this time there is no positive identification of the person found, however the location and circumstances are consistent with the individual being Mr. Duffey. The Sheriff’s Office has been in contact with the family and they are aware of the status of the investigation. said Sheriff Ray Scifres.
The remains were released to South Plains Forensic Pathology for further analysis and identification.
There are no indications that the circumstances of Mr. Duffey’s disappearance, and of this recovery are related to a criminal act. However, the investigation into the matter is ongoing.