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* Human Remains Found in Irrigation Ditch Near Discovery Bay

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The Contra Costa County coroner’s office has confirmed that bones found in an irrigation ditch east of Discovery Bay on Wednesday are human, but investigators are still working to determine where they came from. A farm worker discovered the bones at about 2:10 p.m. in an irrigation ditch in a cornfield in a remote, unincorporated area near the border between Contra Costa and San Joaquin counties, Contra Costa County sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said.

Sheriff’s deputies, detectives and personnel from the county crime lab collected the bones and brought them back to the coroner’s office for analysis, Lee said. Deputy Coroner Tim Biggs said a forensic anthropologist is working
today to rule out the possibility that the remains could be those of a Native American.

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