DICKINSON, N.D. — Human remains discovered in Dickinson in 2018 have been identified as 15-year-old Edward Stubbs, also known as Ashton Lebaron, of El Paso, Texas.
A statement released Monday, Sept. 23, by the Stark County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Stubbs was last known to be working in the Dickinson area and was reported missing on June 17, 2013. Dickinson police launched an investigation that same day.
According to police, a skull was discovered on Dec. 11, 2018, by a resident who was surveying private land on the northeastern part of Dickinson. The State Forensics Office in Bismarck later confirmed that the skull was human and belonged to an unidentified white male, possibly in his teens or early 20s.
A follow-up search, conducted on Sept. 5, was organized by the Bureau of Criminal Investigations as part of the investigation into the remains.
The Dickinson Police Department, along with representatives from the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Stark County Sheriff’s Office gathered in a field near the southwest water holding tank at the base of Radar Base Hill in northeast Dickinson to conduct a follow-up search of the area.
“The circumstances surrounding the death of Stubbs is an ongoing investigation being conducted by the ND Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Stark County Sheriff’s Office and Dickinson Police Department,” the sheriff’s release concluded.
If you have any information about this case, call or text CRIMESTOPPERS at 701-840-6108, or contact the Stark County Sheriff’s Office or the Dickinson Police Department’s Dispatch Center at 701-456-7759.