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2nd Set of Bones Found Along Columbia River

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UPDATE/CRESCENT BAR, WA - Grant County Sheriff's Deputies say people exploring the shoreline along the Columbia River near Crescent Bar found a second set of human bones.

Grant County sheriff's spokesman Kyle Foreman says the coroner believes the bones are probably as old as the first bones that were found on March 4th after the reservoir was lowered because of a crack in the Wanapum Dam.

The wear pattern on the teeth indicates the person ate food different from modern humans.
These latest bones  will also be turned over to the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation to see if they are Native American.


CRESCENT BAR, WA - Investigations show bones found along the Columbia River at Crescent Bar are of archeological nature.

The Grant County Coroner's Office says the bones, found Tuesday, are very old and are non-forensic. The bones have been released to the Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation.


CRESCENT BAR, WA – A citizen walking along the Columbia River at Crescent Bar Tuesday afternoon discovered what Grant County Detectives believe are human bones, but how long they have been there is unclear.

Due to the drawdown of the river to relieve pressure on the Wannapum Dam, many areas upstream which are typically underwater are now exposed. The discovery of the bones was in such an area.

Detectives are uncertain how long the bones have been there, and it is possible they have been there for a long time. With that in mind, and due to the rich heritage of Grant County, it is possible the bones are that of an early settler or a Native American, and leaders of the nearby Wanapum Tribe visited the scene this afternoon.

The Grant County Sheriff's Office and the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab will carefully collect the remains Wednesday for analysis. Investigators will remain on the scene throughout the night.

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