Back in December, the Amarillo Police Department was alerted to a possible burial site.

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The APD Homicide division received a tip about possible remains being in the area of Hastings Ave. and Smelter Road.  At the time, rain-delayed further investigation of the site.   The investigation was put on hold and the crime scene was secured until after the weather passed

Once the APD was able to get on-site and further investigate.  The APD Crime Scene Investigation Unit began a clandestine burial site dig to find evidence of human remains. Pieces of bones were discovered in the dig.  The remains were sent to the lab to determine if the remains were human or animal.

On Monday, January 22, the Amarillo Police Department confirmed that lab analysis determined that the remains were that of an animal.

The APD also said that even though the outcome of the tests was disappointing to some, the Homicide Unit will not let this information deter them from fully investigating and following up on any leads or information related to this particular case.

REVIEW: Amarillo Homicides in 2022

The year 2021 saw a staggering 24 homicides in Amarillo, Texas--the highest number the city had seen since 1994. A lower figure for 2022 was predicted, but the year finished out with a total of 28 homicides.

Below is a partial list of those accused in this year's murders. We have intentionally left off this list those who have been No Billed by a grand jury, had their charges modified to a lesser offense, or wherein the accused is a juvenile.

This is not an exhaustive list and is subject to change, pending legal proceedings.

Updated: January 10, 2022

Gallery Credit: Sarah Clark/TSM

LOOK: 12 Unsolved Homicides by the Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers currently have 12 homicides that have gone cold and have not been solved or the suspect apprehended. These cases stem back to 1978.

If you have any information regarding any of the homicides below you are encouraged to call Texas Crimestoppers at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477) or you can submit a tip online here.

Gallery Credit: Lori Crofford/TSM Amarillo

The Biggest Drug Busts in the Texas Panhandle for 2022

Amarillo can be a rowdy place with some lawless characters. Here's some of the biggest drug busts made in the Texas Panhandle for 2022, so far.

Let's just say that these folks are in t-r-o-u-b-l-e.

Note from editor: An indictment is not a conviction. All individuals shown below who have not appeared in court for a judgement are to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Gallery Credit: Sarah Clark

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