Experts to comb area in Carroll where suspected leg bone found

September 24, 2002|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A team of forensic experts plans to begin combing today a wooded area southwest of Manchester, where a homeowner digging fill dirt in his woods Sunday evening uncovered a suspected human leg bone and a buried, decaying work boot, state police said.

The remains have not been determined to be human and thus cannot be dated, beyond saying they are old, Major Greg Shipley, state police spokesman said yesterday.

Lt. Terry L. Katz, commander of the Westminster barracks, who was on the scene Sunday night after the bone was discovered, said the remains could be about 10 years old, judging from the condition of the boot. He said the boot contained material that might be bones.

Investigators hope to find clues today at the scene of the discovery, off the 2500 block of Manchester Road (Route 27). That scene has been secured with an officer on guard and crime-scene tape, with tarpaulins covering the area. The bone and the boot remain at the scene, Katz said.

"We could find substantially more," Shipley said of the planned search. A forensics expert from the U.S. Department of Defense is expected to assist investigators from the state police homicide unit and the state medical examiner's office in a search of the scene.

The experts will attempt to determine whether the bone is human, Katz said. If it is, investigators will study the soil to try to determine how the bone and boot were buried.

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