Kayakers find human bones on island

Posted at 6:32 PM, Jul 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 18:32:14-04

DURHAM, NH (WMUR/CNN) - New Hampshire State Police are investigating after kayakers found human bones on a small island. The discovery was made in Little Bay in Durham.

The medical examiner's office is now conducting tests to get additional information about the bones. 

"Marine Patrol was given the call. They took the assistant deputy medical examiners out there to determine they were in fact human remains,” said Lt. Scott Gilbert of the state police. Gilbert says they have reason to believe the remains belonged to a man.

Multiple agencies including Marine Patrol, State Police Major Crimes, Dover and Durham police, as well as an official with the medical examiner's office, spent Tuesday afternoon investigating the small island near Durham.

"I believe we've recovered what there was to recover. The remains were taken to the medical examiner’s office and I am waiting to hear back from them on identification,” Gilbert said. 

Authorities say the bones could not have been on the island for more than a year. Nothing else of importance was found, and Gilbert says they don't expect to have to return there. 

State police are hoping to get a positive identification on the remains by the end of the week.

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