http://www.komonews.com/news/84777457.html8-year-old boy finds human remains near Cowlitz River
An 8-year-old boy came upon human remains while playing in a brushy area near the Cowlitz River on Thursday afternoon. Now investigators are trying to determine who the person is and how the remains got there.
By KOMO Staff
Story Published: Feb 19, 2010 at 8:36 AM PST
Story Updated: Feb 19, 2010 at 6:27 PM PST
TOLEDO, Wash. - An 8-year-old boy came upon human remains while playing in a brushy area near the Cowlitz River on Thursday afternoon.
Now investigators are trying to determine who the person is and how the remains got there.
The grisly discovery was made around 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the 100 block of Cougar Lane, Lewis County sheriff's deputies said.
There are several missing women and children in southwest Washington, and many people are asking if these remains could be connected to any of those cases - particularly the missing McCleary girl, Lindsey Baum.
But so far, authorities don't see a connection between these remains and Baum or any of those cases.
"This does not appear to be Lindsey Baum
. No, this is not a child," says Stacy Brown of the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators say the bones are likely those of a man - but at this time, no one is certain.
The boy who found the remains ran home and told his grandmother, Bethann Boettner, about his discovery. She walked back and had a look for herself.
"Well, I dropped a tear because it is creepy. It is not something you find every day," Boettner told KOMO News.
She called 911. And on Friday, five detectives, six Explorer scouts and seven dogs searched the area behind the Boettner home.
There are 100 acres here, and animals had disturbed the remains, police said.
A preliminary investigation has found that the bones appeared to have been in the area for one to two years.
A car was found abandoned in the area during that time. But police are being cautious.
"We are not speculating on who this person may be until we can get a forensic pathologist to look at the bones, analyze them and try to ID the person," Brown said.
Police completed their search at mid-afternoon.
As for the 8-year-old who found the bones - he's fine.
"His attitude is really good," says Boettner. "Today, in fact, he said, 'Grandma, if it wasn't for what I found we wouldn't have all this excitement going on.'"
It may be several days before the bones are identified. And right now, police say they aren't speculating on the cause of death or whether this was a homicide.