Police hope puka shell necklace found on skeletal remains will help identify man

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Necklace found on remains of white male, who was found near the area of 5600 Wolcott Drive.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Police in Kansas City, Kan., continued Thursday to try to identify the remains found Wednesday morning near Wolcott and I-435 by a mushroom hunter.

Investigators have determined that the person is a white male, 20 to 30-years old, around 6 feet tall, and probably missing for about a year.

The white male was wearing a ‘puka shell’ necklace with a shark tooth. Police hope that piece of jewelry will be recognized by someone who knew him and that they will call the TIPS Hotline with the man’s name.

Callers to the TIPS Hotline will remain anonymous. Call 816-474-8477 if you have any information that may help.

Terry Zeigler, Kansas City, Kan., police chief,  said the mushroom hunter discovered the human skull and when police searched the area they found a femur and a few other bones.

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Meanwhile, in Kansas City, Mo., authorities are investigating something similar. Police were dispatched to the area near 28th and Highland after possible human remains were found during a neighborhood cleanup project.  Click here for more on that similar, but separate investigation.