Anthropologist Makes No Determination on Bones Found in Independence

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - A forensic anthropologist has made no determination Tuesday on the sex of the person whose bones were discovered by kayakers a day earlier, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Mike Sharp said the bones are being examined at the county's medical examiner's office near 22nd St. and Holmes St. Sharp said DNA testing will be done.

"Hopefully there will be some DNA that's available, and we'll be able to get a DNA profile of these remains, and then if we have any DNA profiles for the relatives of missing persons, then we will be able to connect the two dots that way," he said.

Independence Police Department spokesperson Tom Gentry said kayakers found the skeletal remains of a human hand and part of an arm in the water Monday near R.D. Mize Rd., about a mile south of Truman Rd.

When FOX 4 spoke to people on the trail Monday, they told us the area is usually packed with people, and Tuesday evening, it was no different. The area was filled with the regulars, right back to enjoy it.

Some said they're not worried because they likely passed the remains before it was discovered. They add, the discovery might deter some, but they're more worried about if someone will break into their cars

Sharp said he doesn't believe these remains are of Summer Shipp, based on some information investigators have so far. Shipp's body was found a little more than a mile from the scene they've been scouring in 2007

Sharp said investigators will be near the area they've been searching Wednesday with cadaver dogs.

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