Sheriff: ‘Items of Interest’ Found in Human Remains Search

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Cadets from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department searched for more human remains along Little Blue River Trace Trail after a kayaker found a human skeletal right hand and arm on Monday.

The cadets began early to avoid the heat. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp said searches have just about exhausted all efforts and are confident their search has been thorough.

“We walked field searches along the bank and river,” he said. “We located a couple of items of interest, and we have diver from the Missouri Highway Patrol in the water right now into specific locations”

Police have released little information about the items of interest found.

“We don’t know where those will lead us, but at least we have something we can go off of,” Sharp said.

Sharp added that police have received several phone calls from family members of missing people, which has helped in their investigation.

“We appreciate those calls,” he said. “They’ve been very helpful.”

As for the skeletal remains found no Monday, investigators said they appeared to have been in the water for an extended amount of time. Police are waiting on DNA testing to determine the sex and possibly the identity of the remains.

“Hopefully there will be some DNA that’s available,” said Sheriff Mike Sharp. “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.”

Police continue to encourage anyone with a missing family member to contact them. Police added that if DNA testing reveals enough DNA, they can cross check it with the family of a missing individual to determine the identity of the skeletal remains.

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