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Skull recovery gives hope to missing Arkansas boy's family

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Ruben Davis and his mother remembers their nephew and great-grandson, Antonio Faulks. Faulks was seven years old when he drowned in the Red River in Garland City, Arkansas 16 years ago.

The body was never recovered but a discovery this week is giving the family hope.

"Well, that is the bridge of the nose there, and these two are the eye sockets," says Duke Schofield, Miller County Chief Deputy Sheriff, looking at the skull.

Davis, the uncle, says, "Well, it gives us some sense of comfort if the skull belongs to Antonio."

A partial skull was pulled from the Red River Tuesday by workers dredging for sand. The find was about two miles downstream, where Antonio drowned in June 1996.

"When I first heard about it, I was kind of sad. But then I was relieved that it could be him and the family could have some kind of relief that they did find some parts of his body," Davis says.

Investigators say it is too early to identify the remains.
"It appears it has been in the water a lot longer than a year, so this could be from somebody that drowned maybe as far away as Oklahoma," Schofield says.

The skull is now being sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab to determine the identity of the person who apparently lost his life in the river. Investigators say that could take between four to six months.

"If the crime lab could obtain some DNA from this, it would be very beneficial," Schofield says.

Davis says the family will try to get the DNA testing done to find out if it matches the DNA of Antonio's mother.

Schofield says that if DNA is recovered, then a call will go out to other families who have lost loved ones in the Red River but whose bodies have never been found. This, too, could take up to six months.

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