Belongings near human bones may hold key to ID
Post-Tribune Staff Report September 21, 2013 1:02PM
A Hobart police officer sits near a path behind the Hobart Crossings shopping center on U.S. 30 where a bicyclist discovered human bones Friday afternoon. Police said the dead man had been living in the woods about 100 yards behind the parking lot. | Carole Carlson~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 23, 2013 6:49AM
HOBART — Human bones were discovered Friday in a wooded area behind a strip mall on U.S. 30.
Police also discovered possible belongings that could lead to the identification of the person, Hobart Police spokesman Jeremy Ogden said.
“Currently, we don’t believe there are any signs that foul play was involved,” Ogden said, “but the forensic examination is going to have to determine that.”
A man who was riding his bicycle discovered the bones around 5 p.m. behind the Crossings at Hobart after leaving the road and walking into the wooded area.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office and the Lake County Crime Laboratory will work on the investigation along with the Hobart Police Department.
Coroner’s office officials declined to comment on the investigation but said they asked Dr. Stephen Nawrocki of the University of Indianapolis Biology and Anthropology Department to collaborate on the investigation next week.
The Crossings at Hobart shopping area is in the 2100 block of East 79th Avenue, north of Westfield Southlake mall.