More body parts found on reservation

Police hope new findings at Nisqually help identify person

rboone@theolympian.comNovember 11, 2013 

A search for more body parts Sunday afternoon on the Nisqually Indian Reservation — a search that was triggered Saturday after a dog found the lower portion of a human leg with foot — turned up a human rib cage, pelvis, parts of a skull, a jawbone with teeth, and tissue-type matter, a Thurston County sheriff’s sergeant said.

The mostly skeletal remains of a rib cage and pelvis were found by a dog team about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by the other human remains later in the day.

All of it was then turned over to the Thurston County Coroner’s Office, said sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ray Brady.

The search took place around the 13600 block of Peter Kalama Drive, several miles southeast of Lacey, as well as areas near the Nisqually River, an old fish hatchery and on adjacent roads in the area. The rib cage and pelvis were found near the hatchery.

Age, race and gender still need to be determined, Brady said. The Sheriff’s Office will match that information to any missing persons or runaways, he said.

“There’s enough to hopefully identify the person,” he said.

Brady added that it appeared as though animals had scattered the remains.

He said that Sunday’s search, which began at 8 a.m. and involved about 30 search and rescue volunteers and dog teams, wrapped up about 6 p.m.

Sunday’s search was the extension of a search that began Saturday afternoon after a dog returned to its owner on Peter Kalama Drive with the lower portion of a leg, complete with foot.

The leg was partly skeletal, Brady said.

Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock added that some tissue was attached.

Warnock said Saturday that the leg would be examined for tool marks, such as those created by a handsaw or something electric.

Brady said anyone with information is asked to call Thurston County dispatch at 360-704-2740 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403 rboone@theolympian.com

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