Walker, 20, finds a human jaw bone washed up on the beach and keeps it safe in a doggie bag – as detectives scour the missing persons’ register to find who it belonged to
- Human jawbone with teeth still in place found at Umina Beach on Thursday
- Toyah Evans was walking along the beach when she discovered the remains
- She put the remains in a doggy bag before turning it over to local police
- A crime scene has been established and forensics will examine the bones
A walker discovered a human jaw bone washed up on a popular beach and stuffed it in a disposable doggie bag to keep it safe for police.
Toyah Evans discovered the jawbone with some teeth still in place while walking along Umina Beach, on New South Wales’ Central Coast, on Thursday afternoon.
The 20-year-old said she immediately understood the gravity of the find and tried to preserve the skeletal remains by keeping it in a doggie bag.
Toyah Evans discovered the jawbone with some teeth still in place while walking along Umina Beach, on New South Wales’ Central Coast, on Thursday afternoon
A woman bagged a human jaw bone in a disposable doggie bag to keep it safe after she stumbled along the remains at a popular beach
‘It was a very grim discovery, but I was more thrilled with the fact that it could possibly help someone with solving a missing persons case,’ she told 9 News.
‘We placed it in a doggie bag just to make it secure and safe from further damage.’
The bone is believed to belong to a man in his 20s and will undergo forensic testing.
Police have established a crime scene at the site of the discovery.
Detective Chief Inspector Steve Laksa says authorities would scour the missing persons registry for hints as to who the bone belonged to.
There is no way to know if the discovery of the bone is connected to criminal activity.
‘There’s nothing we can say to indicate the location of the jaw bone is suspicious, we’re just keeping an open mind,’ detective chief inspector Laksa said on Friday.
‘There’s items on the jaw that might be able to identify (them) through DNA, examination.
‘We don’t know if it’s 12 months old, 100 years old … we just have to keep an open mind.’
Mr Laksa admitted the jaw bone may also have come from overseas.
Police have established a crime scene at the site of the discovery