Bones found in Garfield Park on Indianapolis' south side confirmed as human remains, police say

Bone found on the park's west side

INDIANAPOLIS - A bone found in Garfield Park on Indianapolis' south side has been confirmed as human remains, police said.

Officers were called to the west side of the park at 2450 S. Shelby St. just after 9 p.m. Tuesday when Cassie Deere said she found what looked to be a human jaw bone.

The bone, which still had several teeth intact, was found near a small bone that appeared to be from a finger, police said.

Tests by the Marion County-Indianapolis Forensic Services Agency later determined the jaw bone was human, while the other bone was not.

Homicide detectives were called to the scene.

"I bent down to go under the tree limb to get to the creek and I saw a bone," Deere said. "I thought it was an animal jawbone, so I was going to pick it up because my dad kind of collects stuff like that. Then, I realized it definitely wasn't an animal and it had human teeth."

IMPD Officer Michael Hewitt said it appeared the bone had been there for quite some time.

"One of the theories is that the creek as it rose could have washed the remains up to the location that it was found at," Hewitt said.

Anyone with information about the discovery is asked to call police at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

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