The Thurston County Coroner’s Office recovered a human bone from along the Nisqually River on Tuesday.
“It was found by some people who were crossing a logjam,” said Coroner Gary Warnock. “…It was on the river’s bank, across the logjam.”
Warnock said a state anthropologist will examine the bone, which is a left femur, to determine if it’s of forensic or historic value.
There was no clothing or tissue found with the bone, Warnock said. He said it’s unlikely to be connected to any recent criminal cases, including the disappearance of Gail Doyle, an Olympia woman who was reported missing on June 4 by family members.
“We think it’s pretty old,” Warnock said.
He said his office is working with the Nisqually Tribal Police on the case.
Joe Kautz, chief of Nisqually Tribal Police, said he couldn't comment on the bone until he finds out more about it from the Coroner's Office.
Jackie Wall of the Nisqually Tribe Historic Preservation Office also declined comment. "We don't make comments on remains of our ancestors," she said.