Human Remains Found in Valley City

Heidi Harris
Staff Writer

Human remains have been found in Valley City and sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office for testing, a release from Police Chief Fred Thompson said.

According to Thompson, the Valley City Police Department was notified Tuesday afternoon that remains had been found on the 300 block of Winter Show Road.

The reporting person, a member of a KLJ survey crew, found what they believed to be a human bone on the ground near one of the trees planted alongside Winter Show Road, Thompson said.

Officers sent photos of the bone to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Grand Forks. The office advised that it was a radius bone, one of the two bones between the elbow and hand.

Because the bone was found near American Indian burial grounds, the North Dakota Historical Society and the Tribal Historic Preservation Office was also advised of the find. Both parties sent representatives to Valley City to work with police on the situation, Thompson said.

Thompson met with the representatives Thursday, and it was decided to send the bone to the State Medical Examiner's Office, where it can be examined and any additional information about its origin might be determined.

"Once that work is completed a decision will be made as to whether or not the bone will be submitted for DNA testing in an effort to eliminate it from any listed missing persons," Thompson said.

A ground search resulted in the finding of two additional small bone fragments, but it is unknown if those are related to the first bone found or if they are human. Those two fragments will also be sent to the Medical Examiner's Office for investigation.

The investigation is continuing and the Valley City Police Department is requesting that anyone with any information on the case to contact (701) 845-3110.