Human bones found in Cairo, Illinois

Cairo, Illinois, police say human remains have been found in a wooded area near the Mississippi River.

Cairo Police Chief John Bosecker tells us the remains were found on the Cairo side of the Mississippi River, near 33rd Street. 

Bosecker says a woman was walking her dog along the levee last week and saw bones along the ground. She called police to report what she saw on Wednesday. Bosecker says the woman couldn’t decide if the bones were human or animal, police have confirmed they are human bones. 

Bosecker says they are working to extract DNA from the bones. They will then check that against the national missing person database.

Bosecker tells us the Illinois State Police crime lab is currently processing the scene.

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