- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) - Valley City police say a bone found by a crew of workers that was originally thought to be human was actually from a raccoon.

Police Chief Fred Thompson said Wednesday that officers photographed the bone and sent the pictures to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Grand Forks, which initially determined it was a radius bone. But an in-person examination by a physician has determined that the bone is from a raccoon.

The state’s Historical Society and the Tribal Historic Preservation Office had been involved in the investigation because the bone was found near Native American burial grounds.

Thompson said the appropriate agencies have been notified and the case is now closed.


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