Skeletal remains found in Middle Fork River
A human skull and at least one human bone have been found in a river in northeastern Champaign County.
Sheriff Dan Walsh said some visitors to the Middle Fork Forest Preserve found the skull and bone in the river earlier this month.
Walsh said authorities from his office, the coroner's office and the Ford County Sheriff's Office searched about seven miles of the Middle Fork River and its banks over four days and found even more bones that might be human.
Walsh said the skeletal remains are being examined by a forensic anthropologist, and later DNA will be forwarded to the state police crime lab.
The sheriff said the anthropologist told him the human skull and bone could be very old and that they've been in the water for quite some time.
Sheriff Walsh said since the river flows south out of Ford County, authorities from that county were brought into the investigation. Walsh said it's hard to say at this point if the skeletal remains could belong to a missing person or a victim of foul play. He said authorities will have a better idea of how to proceed in the case once test results are available.