“They believe [the remains] to have been in the area for more than a year. So, if it’s Bryce, he could have died a day after he disappeared. 17...
Someone who doesn’t have a shovel.
I agree that it’s a ridiculous thing to try to do.
Is that Texas law? In the cases I’ve heard of, a self-defense claim has to pass the ‘what a reasonable person would think’ test.
I suspect that it’s impossible to do a good search of an area with a five mile radius. That’s 78 square miles—in a forested area, I believe.
I think what you said is by far the most likely explanation.