Remains Found Near Woods Bay Not a Criminal Matter

By Beacon Staff

POLSON – A sheriff’s lieutenant says human remains, unearthed by a heavy equipment operator near Woods Bay last week, are a historical matter and not a criminal matter.

Lt. Mike Sargeant, with the Lake County sheriff’s office, says the remains were discovered Thursday. Sargeant says anthropologists from the University of Montana visited the site Friday and took the remains to the university for further analysis.

The anthropologists determined the remains were those of a Native American, most likely a male in his early teens. They said the remains date to the early 1940s.

The communications director for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Rob McDonald, says Tribal Police Chief Craig Couture commended Lake County authorities for their handling of the situation. McDonald says the remains have been turned over to the tribes.

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