A coroner says a number of bone fragments found in a metal barrel in the Lilly community of southern Kentucky were human.
Kentucky Forensic Anthropologist Dr. Emily Craig said a body
had been incinerated in the barrel.
Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling says a man and his daughter
were hiking in the area yesterday and became curious about the
fragments and contacted the Laurel County Sheriff's Department.
Bowling says he and Craig couldn't tell if the fragments were
male or female, or what the manner of death was.
Craig says there were multiple small bone fragments that were in such poor condition it may be difficult to determine if they belonged to a man or woman.
Craig says a body was incinerated in the barrel and the barrel
contained multiple bullets.
She said the barrel was also full of bullet holes and believes
someone may have been preparing to sink the barrel in water.
Officers found a burned pickup truck within about 40 feet of the
barrel and it was being processed by authorities.