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Discovery of bones in rural Plymouth County residence opens invesigation

   On 10/19/10 at 1015 hrs, the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Woodbury County Sheriff, stating that a complaint was received by them concerning some bones being found at a residence in Plymouth County.  The residence was located at 32594 Fox Avenue, in rural Plymouth County.  The initial information had come from a construction contractor who was doing work at the residence.


     Deputies arrived at the address and learned that the contractor was digging an area to install water lines and discovered several bones.  They initially thought it may be of an animal, however, after exposing a lower jaw bone, they called law enforcement.


     The Plymouth County Medical Examiner, Dr. Sheila Holcomb and pathologist Dr. Thomas Carroll, were called to assess the scene.  It is believed that the bones are human; no other determination has been made.


     The Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office has been involved in the excavation of the area where the bones were located.  Additional work is anticipated in recovering the remains. 


     No additional information regarding, age, sex, race, cause or manner of death has been determined.


     The Plymouth County Sheriff is being assisted by the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office, Sioux City Police Department, Plymouth County Conservation, Plymouth County Attorney’s Office, Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

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