I am interested in this if anyone knows more on this and we can be updated on this. http://www.hannibal.net/topstories/...t-Bones-discovered-east-of-Hannibal-are-human More at the link Pike County, IL A forensic pathologist has determined that human skeletal remains were discovered over the weekend in a recreation area along the banks of the Mississippi River, across from Hannibal. The announcement was made by Pike County Sheriff Paul F. Petty Wednesday afternoon. Based on the preliminary examination, authorities believe the bones are possibly very old. Due to the apparent age and condition of the skeletal pieces, experts could not make any specific determinations, according to the sheriff. Petty says the next step in the process will be to extract DNA from the bones. That data will then be compared with missing person data bases in the hope the individual can be identified. Following the DNA check, authorities will be forwarding the skeletal remains to an anthropologist in the hope of determining the persons age at the time of their death. According to Petty, other questions such as the persons sex, race, height and possibly other individual characteristics may also be determined by the anthropologist. However, the condition of the remains often determines what conclusions can be reached, added the sheriff. Petty warned that it may be several months before authorities have any answers.