Police confirm bones found off Route 95 in Pawtucket are human

PAWTUCKET — Bones discovered Wednesday afternoon in woods off Route 95 in Pawtucket are human, the state Medical Examiners Office confirmed Thursday, according to Rhode Island State Police Maj. Timothy Sanzi.

Now the police have to try to identify the remains.

Sanzi, detective commander, would not say whether they are from an adult, child, man or woman.

“It’s too early to tell whether it’s suspicious at this time, but at the same time there are some factors that we’re examining closely and we’ll continue to investigate that should bring it to a, hopefully, relatively quick close,” he said.

The bones were discovered on the northbound side of Route 95, south of Exit 26, by a correctional officer with a road cleanup crew from the Adult Correctional Institutions, according to Sanzi, the detective commander. The police were called about 2:30 p.m.

Investigators will check missing persons reports and send evidence to laboratories for testing, Sanzi said.

“It’s an ongoing investigation,” he said.

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