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Clare County – 19.5″ femur, human female

Human leg bone found in Clare County

A human femur discovered along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Oceana County in 2013. A female femur bone was discovered in Clare County in August 2016.

HARRISON, MI — A human femur found by a dog in rural Clare County is undergoing testing to determine its age.

Sheriff John S. Wilson said the leg bone has been sent to Eastern Michigan University for carbon dating. Once the bone’s age is determined, police will assess how to proceed.

A Timberlane Road resident called Clare County County Central Dispatch at 10:47 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, stating his dog had come back to the house with the leg bone. A forensic pathologist concluded the bone was a human female’s femur.

Wilson said a Michigan State Police cadaver dog searched the immediate area, but found no additional human remains.

Wilson has said the bone appears to be quite old. He added there aren’t any open missing person cases in Clare County that investigators think the femur could be related to.

Wilson said he expects results on the bone’s age by the end of the week.


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