http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/local/atlantic_city/story/7064403p-6920419c.html Bone discoveries not uncommon in region By TIMOTHY PUKO Staff Writer, (609) 272-7275 Published: Monday, January 1, 2007 When a human leg bone washed up in Atlantic City on Dec. 22, it wasn't the first human bone to wash up onto the region's beaches. It wasn't even the first one to wash up in 2006. Officials are still investigating whose skull, which is missing a chunk on its left side and a mandible, washed up on the North Wildwood, Cape May County, beach in late October. I don't want to say it's frequent, but it happens, said Lt. Eugene Taylor of the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office. It's not something completely out of the ordinary here. In addition to the occasional dead body or random piece of trash, a human bone or two usually washes up on beaches every year in each of the four counties along the southeastern New Jersey shore, investigators and medical examiners in those four counties said. Something as extreme and recognizable as a skull is not common. A small bone like a rib, and leg bones, like what police believe is a femur that washed up near Atlantic City's Central Pier, are more common, officials said. That's odd enough on its own, city police Sgt. Lee Hendricks said. Bones first go to county medical examiners' offices and then, if believed to be human, are retrieved in person by the State Police forensic anthropologist. It's not something that can be put in the mail, especially if the bone could be evidence in a criminal investigation. Usually, however, that is not an issue. People who drown, whether fishermen caught in a storm or swimmers swept out to sea, are the typical victims, officials said. Everybody thinks it's like CSI,' said Ocean County investigator Cathy Wilson, referencing the popular CBS television show. No, it doesn't work that way. For the few human bones that are found, there are several more calls about bones that turn out to be from animals. Wilson has heard of people digging up their yards and halting construction after finding a bone they thought was human. Usually it's something more obvious, like a pet buried by a previous owner or something a sea gull picked out of somebody's garbage, she added. They're all thinking they're going to be solving a crime, Wilson said. People find a bone in a parking lot and they call. There's a Kentucky Fried Chicken on the other side of the parking lot. I posted this about the skull because I was down there at that time at the Convention Center. I did not know a leg washed up after that. I am pretty sure when someone drowns off the beach they recover the body quickly so it doesn't float into the swimming area. These body parts can't be from a drowning. Maybe it is but I seriously doubt it.