The news just keeps getting more gruesome about the remains, determined to be those of an adult female, found Nov. 5 in the woods of the Nisqually Indian Reservation, about 45 miles south of Seattle.
“They were actually cut instead of being pulled apart by animals. There were numerous points that have been cut,” said Detective Sgt. Ray Brady of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.
“We have reason to believe they were dumped and then animals scattered them over several hundred yards. There is a fairly large pack of coyotes there.”
He said some of the bones still had tissue on them, and the leg that was the initial discovery “was actually fairly intact” and from a light-skinned individual.
On Nov. 5, Liberty, a dog owned by 93-year-old Bill Flowers on the reservation, brought home the leg, Brady said.
The elderly man buried the leg, he said.
“He really wasn’t sure what to do, he didn’t want to get into trouble,” Brady said.
But four days later, his daughter, Cheryl Flowers, convinced him had that the police should be called. She’s the one who placed the call, Brady said.
Brady said the remains recovered also include portions of both arms, most of the skull, the pelvis and the torso area, including the rib cage.
Brady said that Kathy Taylor, the forensic anthropologist with the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, who examines remains believed to be from a crime scene, determined that the bones were from a woman. She is still investigating.