Hikers find skeletal remains in Milwaukee woods

Posted at 5:37 PM, Feb 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-21 22:56:57-05

A disturbing discovery was made on Sunday night on Milwaukee's northwest side.

Investigators confirm they've recovered human skeletal remains in an open field near Fletcher Elementary School in the 9600 block of West Allyn Street.

"[The bones] appear to be of an adult and they appear to have been there for quite some time," MPD Inspector Stephen Bastings told TODAY'S TMJ4. "Our investigation is ongoing. We're looking into every avenue and we'll have to wait for the evaluation from the Medical Examiner's office to determine exactly who this individual might be."

Bastings says two hikers looking for deer antlers stumbled upon the remains around 1 p.m. Sunday. They quickly called police, who then dispatched several search squads and K9 units to the area.
A forensics team also arrived at the site to comb over any other evidence that was recovered. The bones were taken to the Medical Examiner's labs for further testing. 

Bastings added that detectives will try to match dental impressions and DNA readings with those of any missing people.