CHELAN - The Chelan County Coroner issued a press release stating the state forensic anthropologist has determined that remains unearthed during construction at a vacation rental property in Chelan belonged to a Native American.

The release notes, “On Friday, March 19th, at around 3:00 p.m. on the vacation rental property of The Lookout in Chelan, excavation work was being done, and the individual operating the excavator unearthed a human skull.  As he briefly looked around, he also found an upper arm (humerus), shin bone (tibia), lower jaw (mandible), and some small rib fragments.

The operation was stopped and he called RiverCom to report the find.  Detectives were notified, and they in turn notified the Coroner’s Office.  The two entities met at the site of the find in an attempt to ascertain what was found.”

The release further states Dr. Guy Tasa, the state physical anthropologist with the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, a representative of the Colville Tribe and the Chelan County Coroner met at the site, March 23, and located several additional skeletal pieces.

The site will be further investigated by an archeologist after proper permits are obtained, and the process will continue to include the Colville Tribes, according to the press release.

When the investigation is completed, all the skeletal remains will be placed in a cedar box and interred at the small cemetery on tribal property near Manson.

The press release advises the public to stay out of the area and notes law enforcement will patrol the area.

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