Human bone found near rural Osage County fishing spot; identity, age unknown

The location a human bone was found Tuesday was near 205th Street and Lewelling Road near the west end of Pomona Lake. Image from Google Maps.

Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn has reported that a human bone was found Tuesday in rural Osage County near a popular fishing spot on U.S. Army Corps of Engineer property along Dragoon Creek.

In a press release today, June 18, 2020, Dunn said the sheriff’s office responded at 12:30 p.m. June 16 to a report of a bone found near 205th Street and Lewelling Road, approximately 1.5 miles west of U.S. Highway 75.

The sheriff said the bone had been viewed by the coroner’s office and a forensic anthropologist and was determined to be human.

The area was secured overnight for a more detailed search. The sheriff’s office was assisted at by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Mission Township Fire Department dive team, Missouri Search and Rescue K-9, and a cadaver dog from the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office. Nothing else was found on land or in the water, the sheriff reported, and the area was released at 7:30 p.m. June 17.

The sheriff said the exact age of the bone is yet to be determined, and it is not known where the bone may have come from due to flooding last year.

Dunn said the forensic anthropologist gave a timeframe of 60 to 90 days to determine more specifics about the bone.

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