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Investigation of human bones discovery is closed

     On 10/21/10 investigators from the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office, Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office, Plymouth County & Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Offices and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation assisted Dr. Michael Finnegan from Kansas State University in the excavation of the site where human bones had been discovered on Tuesday the 19th of October. 

    Dr. Michael Finnegan is a forensic anthropologist and was requested by the State Medical Examiner’s Office to assist with identifying the human remains.

     Dr. Finnegan has informed investigators that the remains are that of a very old male individual.  He has determined that the bones are of no forensic value and that a criminal investigation is not warranted.

     The site has been turned over to the owner of the property.  The Plymouth County Sheriff has closed the investigation.


Dr. Michael Finnegan PhD      IA State Medical Examiner’s Office 

Professor of Anthropology             Investigator Walker Hodges

Kansas State University                  2250 So Ankeny Blvd

Manhattan, Kansas   66506             Ankeny, Iowa   50023

Ph 785 532-4982                            Ph  515 725-1400

Ph 785 537-7714



Iowa Archaeological Society

Shirley Schermer   (Director of Burial Programs)

700 South Clinton Street  Bld

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa  52242        

Ph 515 255-4909


 Additional information concerning the human remains investigation:

The remains have been at this site for a very long time.  They no longer have any forensic or criminal value.  Therefore, no further investigation is warranted. 


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