Medical Examiner: Bone found in backyard not human
STAMFORD — A large bone found by a Springdale homeowner has been identified by the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner as not being human, police said.
Police Sgt. Paul Guzda said the origin of the old bone sent up to the medical examiner in Farmington earlier this week after being dug up by someone doing some light raking in their backyard a week ago is still a mystery. Guzda said the medical examiner’s office does not go out of its way to determine what type of bones get sent to them if they are not human.
Guzda, a 45-year member of the department, remembers on one occasion that the office looked into one bone they sent up to be examined and said it came from a sheep.
“They look at both ends to see if they have joints and they use certain measurements to determine whether or not they are human,” Guzda said. “They have lots of crazy ways to figure it out.”
Guzda said the homeowner who brought the bone to police attention was relieved. If the bone had been human, the police would have been digging up the backyard to see what else was there, Guzda said.
“Phew,” the man said in a text to Guzda. “Less work for everybody.”