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Ancient human remains found along the Mackinaw River

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 17:20:18 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

Old human bones found along the Mackinaw River in northern McLean County could be anywhere from 200 to several thousand years old. That's according to an Illinois Historic Preservation Agency expert called in by McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling. The skeletal remains were found along the river bank in Gridley Township on Monday. After a search for more fragments, the expert's preliminary opinion is that the remains are from at least four people: one child, one adult female, one adult male, and a third adult. They were probably deposited at the remote rural location from somewhere else upstream. The bones are in bad shape with roots growing through the marrow and no obvious signs of traumatic injury. The historic preservation agency will study the remains and try to classify them.

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