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Body parts found in Thurston County

Parts of a human leg, skull and arm bone were found in November on the Nisqually Reservation.

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OLYMPIA  — Remains recently found near the Nisqually Reservation are those of an adult female with light pigmented skin who had been dismembered by human means, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

remains“Her approximate age and cause of death are not known,” the sheriff’s office said. “The female appears to have light pigmented skin, but race has not been determined. The female has yet to be identified.”

Searchers found part of a skull and arm bone Wednesday morning near the 13600 block of Peter Kalama Drive north of Yelm. Investigators were called to the address last Saturday (Nov. 9) after a dog dragged home part of a leg bone that he found while scrounging in nearby woods.

The sheriff’s office said Thursday it has learned that the body was “dismembered by human means, but unknown method at this time.”

The sheriff’s office and the Thurston County Coroner’s Office continue to the investigate.

The sheriff’s office is requesting the help of the public to identify the woman. Contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or email tips to Det. Gallagher at gallagj@co.thurston.wa.us

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11/13/13

More body parts found in Thurston County

remainsYELM — Searchers found more body parts Wednesday in Thurston County, not far from where part of a human leg bone was discovered Saturday, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said.

Searchers found part of a skull and arm bone Wednesday morning near the 13600 block of Peter Kalama Drive north of Yelm. Investigators were called to the address Saturday after a dog dragged home part of a leg bone that he found while scrounging in nearby woods.

The Thurston County Coroner’s Office has confirmed the pieces are human bones, but have not yet concluded how, or why, the bones were in a remote area.

Searchers will continue to investigate the wooded area near the Nisqually River for more bones in the coming days, officials said.

remainsSEATTLE — The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the discovery of human bones found in the 13600 block of Peter Kalama Drive north of Yelm, said Acting Lt. Ray Brady.

Saturday afternoon a dog found what appeared to be a human leg and dragged it home.

The dog’s owner contacted police.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office and the Coroner’s Office confirmed it was a human leg.

A search of the immediate area did not turn up additional remains before nightfall.

On Sunday, detectives and search and rescue personnel began searching the area.

Approximately 30 volunteer search and rescuers assisted with ground searchers and search dog teams.

Around 1 p.m., a search dog team found more bones including a rib cage, pelvis, and a skull.

Brady said it was unknown if the remains are male or female.

The Thurston County Coroner collected the remains on Sunday.

An autopsy is expected on Monday.

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