Archive for Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Hiker finds human remains along Kansas River in Topeka

January 9, 2008


— A walk along the Kansas River in Topeka turned interesting for one hiker, who found a fragment of a human skull, said Sgt. Daniel Lotridge of the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office.

The hiker found the remains Tuesday on a sandbar on the river near the intersection of U.S. Highway 75 and Interstate 70.

Lotridge said the bones did not belong to Michael Zapletal, a 9-year-old Maple Hill boy who was swept away in the current of the Kansas River in August 2007 and never surfaced. The Sheriff's Office did contact the Zapletals to inform them that the bones had been found.

The skull fragment is believed to be of Native American origin, but the office is sending it to a forensic lab at Kansas State University for testing. The Shawnee County coroner does not believe the bones are prehistoric.


inatux 10 years, 2 months ago

"Hiker finds human remains along Kanss River in Topeka"

Way to proofread! On the front page and everything.

kneejerkreaction 10 years, 2 months ago

"A walk along the Kansas River in Topeka turned interesting for one hiker..."

Interesting? Just think, if he'd found an entire body it would have been super cool and fascinating!!!

bearded_gnome 10 years, 2 months ago

"turned interesting?" I'll admit I've had headaches that made me think maybe trepanning was the right thing! and I'd gladly give away a piece of my skull. however, I agree the tone of headline (excuse pun) andcontent of the article were just not appropriate. even if this were a native american skull burried a couple hundred years ago, it still represents a death and worthy of a little more respect. yes, I know they write under a deadline (sorry about pun number two), but somebody didn't have the right attitude.

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