‘Suspicious death’ surrounds remains

The investigation into the discovery of human bones found Saturday along the city side of the Susquehanna River has been termed “a suspicious death,” Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. said Monday morning.

The bones are being sent to a pair of experts, a forensic anthropologist and a forensic pathologist in Erie, and it is the hope that their efforts in the weeks ahead will lead investigators to determine whom the bones belong to and how the individual might have died, Kiessling said.

Fishermen discovered the bones about 9:20 a.m. along the shore between Hepburn and Maynard streets, state police said.

It appeared that “the deteriorated remains are several months old,” police said in a news release.

Investigators also are trying to determine the age of the bones, how they may have ended up along the bank and also how long they might have been there.

Police said Monday night they had no new official information to share publicly about the investigation.

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