Hayward police said today that they’re conducting a death investigation as a result of the discovery of what appear to be human bones on the city’s rocky shoreline. However, Capt. Darryl McAllister said it’s too early to tell whether the remains are the result of an accident, homicide, suicide or even of natural causes. “It would be premature to speculate,” he said. The bones were discovered Tuesday by a man who was looking for marine life on the shoreline at the southwest edge of Hayward’s city limits, south of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. But the man didn’t contact police right away, McAllister said. Instead, the man sent an email to the Police Department’s general inbox late Wednesday, which meant that police weren’t able to begin searching the area until Thursday morning, he said. Searches Thursday and today yielded the recovery of bones that were scattered over 200 to 300 yards of shoreline. The bones appeared to be weathered and to have been scattered due to currents and tides, McAllister said. He said police weren’t immediately able to tell how long the bones were there and whether they were from a man or from a woman. McAllister said police aren’t releasing details as far as which bones from what parts of a human body were found, but together they consist of partial remains of what appears to be an adult man. Divers from the Alameda County sheriff’s office assisted the investigation by checking the underwater area of the shoreline for any other bones that might have been related to the find but didn’t locate any. McAllister said the Alameda County coroner now has the bones and will begin an examination to determine their origin. He said it’s anticipated that it will take four to six weeks, or even longer, to make a determination. In the meantime, Hayward police are reaching out to Bay Area jurisdictions with missing persons cases so the coroner can determine if the bones are connected to any of the cases, McAllister said. He said authorities are considering at least a half-dozen missing persons cases but it will be difficult to make any open case comparisons until the coroner makes a determination of sex, age or cause of death. McAllister said Monterey County authorities in particular are interested in the bones because they believe the bones could be related to a homicide from a few months ago. Monterey County authorities have already come to Hayward to look at the bones, he said. Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text us at 408-355-0999 or CLICK HERE to send a confidential email tip, if you have any information that can help solve this crime.
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