ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Investigators are searching for evidence near a human jaw bone found near Cherry Creek Reservoir.
Officials with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife called the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office on June 1 with what had been discovered. It appeared to be a human jaw bone with a molar and another tooth attached.
The coroner confirmed the jaw was human. In the next few days the jaw will be sent to Texas for DNA testing to determine the person’s age and sex and how long it’s been here. That information will then be compared to a missing person’s database.
Kelly C. Lear-Caul, a forensic pathologist from the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office, she says it’s still way too early to say if foul play is involved.
“To the portion of bone that we have I do not see any pre-mortem trauma, so that doesn’t mean there’s no foul play, it just means this portion of bone we have doesn’t have an evidence area of injury,” Lear-Caul said.
Detectives set out to search a specific area of Cherry Creek State Park on Wednesday afternoon in hopes of recovering more evidence.
They were searching the area on the east side of the reservoir between the dam and the swim beach. So far they haven’t found anything.