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UPDATE: Bone confirmed to be human; drowning victim's family notified

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Courtesy: Shane Lindseth Courtesy: Shane Lindseth

Eau Claire County (WQOW) - A bone, found by a kayaker this weekend in Big Falls, is confirmed to be human.

On Saturday, a kayaker found what he said appeared to be a pelvic bone and a piece from a waist band from a pair of shorts. The Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department says the medical examiner collected two bones at the scene, and photos of both were sent down to an anthropologist in Dane County. They confirmed the bones are human.

The sheriff's department says they've notified the family of a drowning victim from 2001, whose body was never found.           

A search of our records shows the only drowning from that year where the body was never found was 21-year-old Va Lee. He disappeared underwater in Big Falls in June of 2001. The sheriff says they're taking the bones down to Madison Wednesday to have someone from the coroner's office there look at them.

They should be able to determine if it's a male or a female, and possibly age, race and other factors. DNA testing may be difficult. The sheriff says it will take a couple of days for the examination to be completed.

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Press Release from the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department: On 07/06/2013 at approximately 1:30 p.m. Eau Claire County Deputies were notified that kayakers had located a bone that may be a human bone along the Eau Claire River west of Big Falls. Deputies with the assistance of Township Fire and Eau Claire County Medical Examiner collected two bones along with some clothing material that resembled a waist band.

Photos of the two bones were sent to an anthropologist out of Dane Co where they were confirmed to be a human pelvis and vertebra bone.  

On 07/10/2013 the human bones along with other items collected were transported to the Dane Co Medical Examiner's office in Madison to be examined by their anthropologist.

The family to a drowning victim from 2001, that was never located, has been notified of the finding.

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Eau Claire County (WQOW) - A forensics lab wants to see pictures first before they look at a bone found in Big Falls in person.

A kayaker found what he says appeared to be half of a human pelvic bone and a waistband from a pair of shorts on the shore of the Eau Claire River Saturday morning. He called authorities, and the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department is investigating. The sheriff says they'll most likely have to send the bone to Madison to confirm if it is human or not.

If it is, they'll look back through cases to determine who it might belong to. They'll also try to do a DNA test and attempt to determine if it's male or female.

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Eau Claire County (WQOW) - The discovery of a bone near Big Falls has the sheriff's department investigating.

A kayaker found what he says appeared to be half of a human pelvic bone and a waistband from a pair of shorts on the shore of the Eau Claire river Saturday morning. The group was headed down the river when the discovery was made. The kayaker called authorities, and the sheriff's department is investigating. The department, along with the medical examiner are trying to confirm if it is human or not, and if it is, they're looking back through cases to determine who it belongs to. The bone will be examined by a specialist, and if it turns out to be human, they will try to do a DNA  test and try to determine if it's male or female.

The sheriff says more information is expected to be released later on this week.

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