A Texas Rangers’ forensic drawing (above left), released by the DPS Public Information Office in December 2007, has led to the identification of a teenage homicide victim. Recent DNA results confirm that a body, found in 2005 in Lubbock County, was that of 17-year-old Bernard Wilson (above right).
When Bernard’s father, Bruce Wilson, saw media coverage of the Rangers’ forensic drawing in December 2007, he called the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, believing that the drawing might be of his missing son. Bernard was last seen during March or April 2005. Bernard’s mother, Rhona Fields, and Bruce provided DNA samples to the Sheriff’s Office for comparison to the victim’s DNA, which was already on file at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) DNA Identity Lab. The Sheriff’s Office received confirmation from the Identity Lab that the victim’s DNA matched the samples provided by Bruce and Rhona, confirming that their son, Bernard, was the homicide victim. The Texas Rangers and Lubbock County investigators encourage anyone with information regarding Bernard Wilson’s disappearance or death to call authorities. Even the most seemingly insignificant detail could help solve this murder. Anyone with information should call Texas Ranger Sergeant Tony Arnold in Lubbock at 806-472-2885, Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division Sergeant Terry Stephens at 806-775-1600 or the DPS Unidentified Persons and DNA Unit at 1-800-346-3243.