Coroner rules Crescent Bar bones are archeological

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 5 at 6:04 PM

GRANT COUNTY, Wash. – The Grant County Coroner's Office ruled Wednesday that bones found along the Columbia River are archeological.  The bones were found Tuesday afternoon in Crescent Bar.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said the discovery was made as part of the drawdown at Wanapum Dam.

Coroner Craig Morrison said the remains are non-forensic and are of archaeological nature. As per Washington state law, the remains were released to the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation.

On Tuesday, deputies said the bones are not recent but they cannot determine how old they are. Authorities believe the bones maybe those of an early settler or a Native American. The Wanapum Indian Tribe has been notified and Grant County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation.  

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