Human Skeletal Remains Located in Southwest Lincoln
On 3-23-2010, at 1:30pm, a group cleaning the area of SW 2nd & West South Streets discovered human skeletal remains. The remains were located underneath the east side of the bridge that crosses over Salt Creek. Lincoln Police investigators processed the scene until late last night & will return this morning to continue their efforts. Once evidence has been collected, we will meet with forensic archeologists to answer the most important questions: identity of the victim and manner of death. In the meantime, we are compiling missing person reports and speaking with individuals that frequent the area.
At this point, it is too soon to know even the age or sex of the deceased. The area is frequented by transients that often set up camps underneath the bridges along Salt Creek. There is a high likelihood that the victim was homeless. Based on the condition of the remains and extent of decomposition, it appears that he or she died sometime in the Fall of 2009 or earlier.
Upon initial examination of the remains, investigators do not believe that this was a natural death. Damage to the bones indicates that there was trauma associated with the death. Unfortunately, it may take weeks before we know more. Please be patient as we continue the investigation. It is important to go slowly, so that critical evidence is not lost.