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Jawbone discovered in Bastrop identified as Houston man missing since 2015

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Jawbone discovered in Bastrop identified as Houston man missing since 2015

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    Bastrop County Sheriff Maurice Cook and Bastrop Police Chief James Altgelt conduct press conference identifying the jawbone discovered in Bastrop’s Bob Bryant Park as Jonathan Lee Hamilton. Photo by Dock Jackson

Jonathan Lee Hamilton of Houston has been identified from a jawbone discovery in Bob Bryant Park in Bastrop on July 29.

Hamilton has been missing since 2015 and was 26 years old at the time he was reported missing.

Bastrop County Sheriff Maurice Cook and Bastrop Police Chief James Altgelt shared the information on Friday at a 4 p.m. press conference. The two officials expressed heartfelt sorrow to the family for the death of their son with the discovery today. The family was personally contacted in Houston.

Previously, a missing persons report had been filed in Houston when Hamilton was seen in Bastrop. Due to his medical conditions, the family was concerned and asked local officials to detain Hamilton, but after being interviewed by local police he was not determined to be in danger and was released. When the parents arrived in Bastrop to look for their son, he could not be found. They requested a continued missing persons report remain on file.