A search and rescue dog found an arm bone and another piece of skull Wednesday morning in the same area where body parts were recovered last week in the area of Peter Kalama Road on the Nisqually Indian Reservation.
Investigators believe that all of the scattered body parts found in the area since Nov. 5 belong to the same person, Thurston County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Brady said.
The investigation of the human remains began Nov. 9, after a man who lived on Peter Kalama Drive reported that his dog had brought home a human leg four days earlier.
A search of the areas near the man's residence in the 13600 block of Peter Kalama Drive on Nov. 9 and 10 turned up a rib cage, pelvis, parts of a skull, a jawbone with teeth and other human tissue. Areas searched include lands near the Nisqually River and the grounds of an old fish hatchery.
The remains are believed to have been deposited relatively recently, since some of them, including the leg, included human tissue, Brady said. Wild animals had scattered some of the remains over a wide area, he added.
The search and rescue dog found the additional remains Wednesday, and they were included with the other remains that were all examined by a forensic pathologist at the Thurston County Coroner's Office Wednesday afternoon.
Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock said Wednesday afternoon that the forensic examination did not reveal a cause of death.
The remains will now be sent to a forensic anthropologist in King County, Warnock said.
Brady said detectives hope the forensic anthropologist can determine the approximate age and sex of the remains.
Brady has said the sheriff's office believes the dead person may have met with foul play. The identity of the remains is unknown, he said. The sheriff's office has a good idea whether the remains belong to a man or woman, but Brady said he does not want to release that information, because doing so may compromise the investigation.
Anyone who can assist the sheriff's office in its investigation is encouraged to call Thurston County dispatch at 360-704-2749 or Thurston County Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.
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