Bones found in Madison Twp. are human

Human bones found at Madison Twp. farm

Butler County Coroner Dr. Lisa Mannix has confirmed what the Journal-New first reported earlier today: bones found in a Madison Twp. field are human.

Mannix responded with the sheriffi’s office to the farm on Monday and additional skeletal reamins were located.

Those remains were examined by Mannix and Forensic Anthropologist Dr. Elizabeth Murray of Mount St. Joseph University.

The remains were determined to be human. Murray is working to create a preliminary biological profile based upon the remains that were found.

The identity of the person is unknown at this time. The biological profile will determine the race, sex and approximate age and height.

The investigation into possible cause and manner of death is ongoing.

UPDATE@2:30 p.m.:

The bones found Saturday at a Keister Road farm in Madison Twp. are human, a police official has told the Journal-News.

Detectives spent two days combing the field collecting more bones.

UPDATE, July 14:

Farmers bailing hay on Saturday in Madison Twp. found the bones in a field in the 8100 block of Keister Road, the Journal-News has confirmed.

Shannon Growcock called dispatchers Saturday afternoon to report finding what appeared to be a pelvic bone with hip joint socket and thigh bone while cutting hay in a field, according to a call placed to dispatchers.

A man is heard saying, “Oh, wow,” on the call and then Growcock tells the dispatcher, “He just found some other stuff that was buried. Looks like it might be part of a spinal column.”

The sheriff’s office has refused to release the exact location of where the bones were found. That location was obtained by this news outlet through another police source and confirmed by the call placed to dispatchers.


The Butler County Sheriff’s Office is investigating bones found Monday in a Madison Twp. farmer’s field.

Sgt. Melissa Gerhardt said several bones were found, but investigators do not know at this point if they are animal or human remains.

The bones were found about noon by a farmer while he was bailing hay. The bones will be examined by a forensic anthropologist to determine if they are animal or human.

“We will know a lot more over the next 48 hours,” said Lieutenant Todd Langmeyer. “We always take these findings very serious. We receive calls quite frequently for bones and normally they are animal.”

The sheriff’s office and the Butler County Coroner’s Office have declined to release the exact location of where the bones were found, stating it is still an ongoing investigation.

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