Bones Discovered In Gary Aren’t Human After All

UPDATED 03/12/12 2:12 p.m.

GARY, Ind. (CBS) — A forensic anthropologist determined Monday that some bones that turned up in Gary, Ind., over the weekend were not human after all.

They were those of a dog.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, Gary police say a man was walking in the 3500 to 3600 block of Chase Street near a set of railroad tracks in Gary around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, when he saw what appeared to be human bones.

Police initially said the bones might have belonged to a small child.

But the Lake County Coroner’s office said Monday that University of Indianapolis forensic anthropologist Stephen Nawrocki concluded the bones were not human. They turned out to be the bones of a dog, officials said.

Nawrocki specializes in studying how environments affect buried and scattered bones, as well as evidence at outdoor crime scenes.

Nawrocki has consulted on hundreds of such cases in Indiana and Illinois.

Earlier this month, some bones found elsewhere in Gary did indeed turn out to be human.

On March 1, an employee with American Water Co. called police after seeing bones in a weedy area just north of the Borman Expressway at 27th Avenue and Maryland Street in the city’s Midtown section.

When police arrived, they discovered a human skull, remnants of clothing and other bones at the site. The neighborhood is largely a wasteland, with only a few houses among numerous vacant lots. Trash, chunks of concrete and even an abandoned row boat are strewn about the area.

In that case, the Lake County Coroner’s office asked Nawrocki and his team to come to the scene to help with identifying and removing any skeletal parts. Investigators said there was likely at least one body at the scene.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • German leprechaun

    Sounds like he missed the banquet by a few weeks.

  • E. Rivera

    I use to live in Gary Indiana and decided to move back to Chicago. Gary is the worst place to live in. There are more delapalated homes and buildings than there are people. Something really needs to be done in that town of Gary or else there won’t be a Gary.

  • E. Rivera

    With the discovery of these bones, I doubt if anybody would move to Gary to start a new life. I’t ‘s so sad because that’s there where the Jackson family came from, but it looks like they forgot where they came from. If I had the Jackson money you can be sure I’d be there trying to do somehting for that community. I wish Gary Indiana and the people in it the best of luck.

  • Mike Schott

    Did WBBM’s editors go to school in the state of IL?

    Prepositions and adverbs are not capitalized unless they are the first word in a sentence, title, or subject line.

    If thiz really the best that can be done in the name of the best news radio station in the world, give me the job. I’ll do much better.

  • arjay

    Dem bones,dem bones,dem dry bones.Dem bones,dem bones,dem dry bones. Dem bones ,dem bones, dem dry bones. Now hear the word of the Lord!

    • German leprechaun

      Actually, I hear drums.

  • German Leprechaun

    They were canine bones? Poor Lyndia… [sniff, sniff]

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