Search for missing Shepherd man leads to grisly discovery

Texas Ranger Ryan Clendennen (third from the left with back to the camera) addresses other members of the Texas Rangers and state police at a property on Cherry Creek Drive in Shepherd on Thursday. The Rangers removed a pungent-smelling barrel from the ground using a trackhoe.

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com

Texas Rangers returned to a property on the 700 block of Cherry Creek Road in Shepherd Thursday morning to continue the search for 56-year-old Kirk Buik who has been missing since July.

Authorities removed a pungent-smelling barrel containing human remains; however, a positive identification of the victim in the barrel is still forthcoming. Rangers and state police used a track hoe to pull the barrel from the ground.

In late August, the Texas Rangers initiated an investigation, led by Texas Ranger Ryan Clendennen. Since that time, Clendennen has been doggedly determined to solve the disappearance of Buik, first visiting the same property on Aug. 29.

Two people were arrested Thursday morning – Matthew David Greenwood and Jack Wayne Gonzales. Greenwood resides at the property. Both are being held in the San Jacinto County Jail. More information on the charges against the two men will be released later.

Kirk Buik of Shepherd was last seen by family and friends in the Cherry Creek Subdivision in Shepherd.
A barrel emitting a pungent odor was removed from a property on Cherry Creek Drive in Shepherd on Thursday where Texas Rangers have been searching for a missing Shepherd man.
Texas Ranger Ryan Clendennen (facing camera and wearing a green cap) addresses other members of the Texas Rangers and state police at a property on Cherry Creek Drive in Shepherd on Thursday where they were searching for a missing Shepherd man. The Rangers removed a pungent-smelling barrel from the ground using a trackhoe.

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