Man finds human jaw bone. Takes it home and posts pics on Facebook.
12:02 PM EDT on April 18, 2017
Back in 2016, we told you about the adorable story of Ogle Madness 4-seed Randy Nunez. He's the American badass who found a human skull while fishing in the North Canadian River, took it home, and then called Channel 4.
KFOR used the story as an opportunity to educate viewers about what to do if you stumble across a pile of human bones or a dead body near a river:
SBI officials said this is a good time to remind everyone, if you find what appears to be human remains, you should call police.
“They should not disturb it, back away from it and call 911,” said Jessica Brown, spokesperson for the OSBI.
Picking it up could disturb any other evidence that may be there.
Well, I guess everyone doesn't watch Channel 4. Last week, Joe Don Harper found a human jaw bone while searching for arrowheads along the Canadian River near Wayne (or Payne). Naturally, he took them home and posted photos on Facebook.
The McClain County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a human jaw was found along the Canadian River near Wayne.
Joe Don Harper made the discovery while looking for arrowheads.
“I had two buddies with me," Harper said. "One of them was like, yeah, that looks human, and the other one said, no, that's not.”
Looking for arrowheads? Come on. We all know that's secret bro-code for going down to the river to shoot guns, smoke some weed and kick some hack.
Also, take a look at this photo of the bones. The guy who said it wasn't a human jaw should be considered a prime suspect:
What the hell?
"Hey Leroy! Is that a human jaw bone?"
"Nope. That's a bigfoot."
Harper took to Facebook and asked medical experts for their advice.
“I had a couple people come by the house to look at it, and they said, yeah, that's a human jaw,” Harper said.
He then called the McClain County Sheriff’s Office.
“We ended up packaging it up and sending it to the ME's office,” said Lt. James Richardson.
I know we're in a state budget crisis, but can we launch a campaign that educates people on what to do if they find human remains? I envision postcards, brochures and TV ads featuring that hot older lady from CSI as a spokesperson. Plus, we could also hand out free DVDs of Forensic Files with the purchase of a State Fair ticket. That will educate the masses.
Investigators said there are several Native American burial grounds along the river, and the remains could have come from a gravesite but that is just a guess.
Detectives are waiting on results from DNA testing to know what their next step should be.
“If it was to come back a missing person, then we'll open an investigation and start looking for more remains in the area where it was located at,” Richardson said...
NewsChannel 4 reached out to the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office to ask when it might have the results.
The medical examiner says remains "are human remains derived from an archaeological context and will be transferred to the appropriate agency."
I don't know about you, but I'd much rather find the remains of some druggie killed in 1989 than disturb an old Indian burial ground. I've watched enough horror movies over the years to know that doesn't end well.