Confirmed Human Remains Taken to Check for DNA

By Adria Goins – bio|email

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) – Deitriek Mahoney never expected his simple project at his storage building on Douglas would turn into a crime scene.

"We were digging to do a slab here for a patio and we just happened to find some bones and my father said let's turn them in," said Mahoney.

KSLA News 12 has exclusive images of Mahoney's discovery last week of the decayed bones. Since then, investigators and scientists have spent hours digging through this yard and sifting through mounds of dirt searching for more remains, but only a small portion of the body was uncovered. Forensic's confirmed that they were human remains.

"What has been found is basically part of the lower right limb from the knee down. That's all there is," said Dr. Mary Manhein, Anthropologist and director of FACES Lab in Baton Rouge.

Manhein and her team were called in to aid in the search. All the evidence found was collected into brown sacks, labeled and packed into the back of a vehicle.

"We'll take these bones back to LSU. We'll try to determine if it's a male or female. We'll take a sample for DNA analysis to determine if it's recent or ancient."

Manhein also made mention that the bones could be anywhere between 10 to 200 years old.

Until the scientists can find some answers the bones remain an open investigation.

"In a case like this we have to make the assumption that it's criminal until proven otherwise," said Dr. Todd Thoma, Caddo Parish Coroner.

If they can pull DNA from the remains, forensic scientists will use that information to search through the missing person's and cold cases in Louisiana to see if there is a match.

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