Human bone found under Hamilton house
Thu, 19 Apr 2012 12:52p.m.
Two Hamilton residents have discovered a human bone in a dirt bank under a suburban home.
Police say it was initially thought the bone may have belonged to an animal, but analysis by a pathologist has identified it as a human thigh bone.
Detective Senior Sergeant Karl Thornton says the bone was found under the Beerescourt home in a very brittle and dry state.
“As yet we have been unable to determine its age other than an estimate of it being between 20 and 100 years old," he said.
The family who occupy the home say they are as interested as anyone else in the eventual outcome of who the person was and how they come to be there.
Homeowner Sarah Nathan says she is interested to see if there are any more remains under the house but wants the person’s body to be treated with dignity.
“While conscious that this is an unusual event we ask that our privacy be respected, after all this is a person's remains and we would like this person to be treated with the dignity they deserve,” she says.
Police will be consulting with forensic, iwi and history experts as they try to identify the bone, which was found earlier this week.
Det Sen Sgt Thornton says there are no reports of missing people or unaccounted for bodies that could be directly linked to the bone's discovery.
There are also no known historical burial sites in the area.
The site where the bone was found was blessed by local iwi today.
Hamilton City Council building inspectors will check the site to make sure it is safe for further excavation.
The bone is going to be further analysed by a forensic anthropologist.
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