Authorities combed the shoreline of the Little Blue River for evidence Tuesday after two kayakers discovered a “skeletonized” human hand on Monday.
Investigators recovered the hand and lower arm, up to the elbow, said Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp. Enough tissue was found to test for DNA, he said. A forensic anthropologist was to examine the remains, he said.
A pair of boaters spotted the hand bones about 3 p.m. Monday north of R.D. Mize Road, near Necessary Road.
Investigators from the Independence Police Department, Missouri Highway Patrol, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and Jackson County Water Patrol searched the area for additional remains.
Police had not determined Tuesday to whom the hand belonged or whether it was connected to a homicide, another crime or a missing person, said Tom Gentry, Independence police spokesman.
“We have not made any assumptions at all,” he said. “We are gathering evidence to see where that leads us.”
Authorities are asking people with relatives missing from the area to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (474-8477).
1/2 miles upstream from where Summer Shipp’s body was found in 2007. According to Sharp, the arm did not come from Shipp, who vanished Dec. 8, 2004, at age 54 while conducting market research in the 1500 block of West College Terrace in Independence.