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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Bags of bones found in old warehouse deemed too old to investigate

  • On May 16, 2011, two bags of bones were located inside an old warehouse in Dow City, Iowa. Law enforcement authorities were called to examine the bones and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. The DCI also solicited the assistance of the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office for help in examination of these bones.
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  • On May 16, 2011, two bags of bones were located inside an old warehouse in Dow City, Iowa.  Law enforcement authorities were called to examine the bones and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.  The DCI also solicited the assistance of the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office for help in examination of these bones.
    The bones were examined in Ankeny at the SME’s lab and further sent to out-of-state forensic archeologists. They were able to determine that the bones were from two different individuals, specifically a male and a female.  It was estimated that the bones were from at least 75 to 100 years old and therefore have no criminal investigative significance because of the length of time that these two individuals have been deceased. 
    The bones were also sent to the Center for Human Identification for DNA molecular identification.  Once that is completed, the DNA profiles will be uploaded to the Unidentified Human Remains Index and the CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) Missing Persons DNA Database.

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