Authorities investigating skeletal remains discovered on the Salmon River

Posted at 7:32 AM, Oct 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-14 09:32:44-04

IDAHO COUNTY, Idaho — Idaho County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating after skeletal remains are discovered on the Salmon River.

Deputies were notified on September 16, 2019 by beachcombers who located a few small pieces of bone that appeared suspicious to them. The pieces were found ten miles downriver from White Bird in a remote location, under the high water mark at a back eddy, almost entirely under sand and silt.

The bones were turned over to the Sheriff's Office while photos were sent to Forensic Anthropologist Sara Getz with Idaho State University. She confirmed they were of human origin but was unable to make further conclusions.

Sheriff's Office employees were taken by jet boat to the location on September 26. The site had been partially excavated. Deputies secured the site before seeking professional help to finish excavating the area.

Idaho County Sheriff's Office employees returned to the site on October 1 with two members of the University of Idaho's Anthropology Department to continue the excavation. The remains were collected, packaged, and turned over to the anthropologists.

Most of the skeletal remains of one adult have been recovered, but there is no specific information to help identify the remains so far. There is also no specific information on how long the remains had been in the area, but the University of Idaho staff may uncover that answer as testing continues.