Human remains found in rural Arroyo Grande
February 23, 2016
A man found a skull and bones while walking around his property in rural Arroyo Grande. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office says the skull and bones are the remains of a young Native American, but investigators have yet to determine when the person died. [KEYT]
Simo Nylander said he had been walking past the location for a month, and on Monday, he decided to take a closer look. Nylander said he was shocked to find a human face, eyes and teeth.
The sheriff’s office responded to the scene, and the coroner’s unit conducted an investigation. The coroner’s office sent photos to a forensic anthropologist who confirmed the bones came from a young Native American person.
Sheriff’s officials say the bones appeared old and weathered. The anthropologist said the Native American person died some years ago.
The anthropologist is expected to soon determine approximately how old the bones are.
Sheriff’s officials said it is not rare to find Native American remains in the county, and that authorities hear from ranchers and farmers who discover them from time to time.