The Travis County Medical Examiner's Office has determined that a human skull found two months ago was from convicted sex offender Kevin Patrick Stoeser.
The skull of Stoeser was retrieved from a dog in Southeast Austin on Sept. 8. The Labrador retriever named Carly had escaped her backyard, and when she came back, she brought with her an assortment of animal bones as well as a human skull. When the dog owner realized what her dog had brought back, she alerted authorities.
Physical characteristics of the skull and the location of where it was found prompted U.S. marshals to look into the case because the facts surrounding it were very similar to the fugitive investigation of Stoeser.
Stoeser, a former army specialist, was convicted in 2002 of committing multiple sex crimes including sodomy, production of child pornography and forcible rape while stationed in Fort Hood, Texas.
He was sentenced to 13 years confinement and was dishonorably charged from the Army. He was released early from custody in 2011, but returned six months later after violating his sex offender treatment.
Stoeser escaped a halfway house in Del Valle, Texas, on Oct. 24, 2013. Staffers at the halfway house had confiscated his cellphone, which contained more than two dozen images of scantily dressed young girls. Following his escape, he was added to the U.S. Marshals Service 15 Most Wanted fugitives list in May.
Following the discovery in Southeast Austin, the skull was sent to the University of North Texas for DNA testing. On Nov. 5, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office was able to identify the skull as belonging to Stoeser based on the DNA results.
The cause of death is now under investigation, and no suspects have been named.