Authorities in Twentynine Palms, California, said a guy walking his dog on a gravel road in the middle of the desert found human bones.
The individual called the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station at around 9 a.m. on November 4 to report the sighting near the intersection of Canyon Road and Two Mile Road. They searched and said that no further remains were discovered, and the coroner’s office verified the discovery of human bones that “looked to be historical.”
By 9:15 a.m., the news of the finding broke. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department stated the matter on Saturday, November 4th. According to the sheriff’s office, the county coroner concluded the bones may have “historical” significance. The inquiry is still ongoing.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the sheriff’s office at (909) 890-4904 or the anonymous tip line (1-800-782-7463). Twentynine Palms, located near Joshua Tree National Park, is roughly 145 miles east of Los Angeles.
Gloria Huerta, a public information officer for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, told reporters that an autopsy will be done on the skeletal remains, and they will be processed to attempt to get DNA.
There is no way to tell how long the bones have been there or how ancient they are. According to Huerta, it’s “not unusual” to find human bones in rural San Bernardino County, and if they do, the coroner’s office will compare any identifying information they uncover (such as DNA or dental records) with databases of missing people.
In March, in Staten Island, the NYPD reported investigating a macabre find by another man walking his dog through a large wooded area. The man found what may be a human hand.
The dog walker reportedly discovered the possible body part in North Mount Loretto State Forest on Thursday at 2:40 p.m., close to where Amboy and Cunningham roads meet.
Officers responded to the 200-acre area on the South Shore, as did the medical examiner’s office.
According to the NYPD’s most recent report, despite cadaver dogs searching the woods for hours, no new items suspected of being human remains have been located.