Kyaker spotted bones on Monday

Old bones may be ancient Americans

By WEEK Producer

Old bones may be ancient Americans

April 9, 2013 Updated Dec 5, 2013 at 2:39 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling says that bones found along the Mackinaw River may have been ancient Americans.

A kayaker spotted the bones along the riverbank and reported them to authorities on Monday.

Investigators say that the bones were redeposited from another location up river. They believe that the fragments are from a minimum of four individuals (one child, one adult female, one adult male, and a third adult).

The coroner says that the bones may be as recent as 200 years ago or as old as several thousand years.

The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency’s (IHPA) have taken the skeletal remains for further identification.