WACO, Texas – Investigators collected evidence Sunday in a field where they found a decomposed body, not far from where they had searched for missing Baylor University (search) basketball player Patrick Dennehy (search).
There was still no identification of the remains found Friday, and officials said the process could take several days.
The body was found north of an area of gravel pits where authorities searched last week following the arrest of Carlton Dotson (search), Dennehy's former teammate and roommate.
Dotson, a Maryland native, was charged with Dennehy's murder last week. He remains jailed without bail awaiting extradition to Texas.
On Sunday, an investigator moved around the site placing small yellow flags at the spots of possible pieces of evidence. Baylor police were also at the scene.
Dennehy's family reported him missing June 19, about seven days after he was last seen on the Baylor campus in Waco. His vehicle was found abandoned in Virginia Beach, Va., on June 25.
McLennan County Sheriff Larry Lynch said the body was taken to a forensic lab for an autopsy and positive identification. Authorities said the body was too decomposed to immediately determine if it was Dennehy.
Dennehy's family decided not to return to Waco from Carson City, Nev., if the body is determined to be Dennehy's, said Jessica De La Rosa, Dennehy's girlfriend, on Sunday.
"If that body is his -- which we understand it probably is -- it's not his anymore," De La Rosa said. "Technically, there's nothing we can do out there."
Dotson was arrested Monday after he called 911, saying he needed help because he was hearing voices, Maryland police said. Waco police said Dotson told FBI agents in Maryland that he shot Dennehy after the player tried to shoot him. But after his arrest, Dotson told The Associated Press that he "didn't confess to anything."