Kansas City police sifting through dirt at the Wheeler Downtown Airport on Tuesday found a possible tooth but nothing else connected to the human skull, arm bone and vertebrae that a construction worker found Monday.
The worker was digging a trench to lay pipe about 5 p.m. Monday when he spotted the skull in the wall of the freshly dug trench, which is about 15 feet deep. The worker later noticed that an arm bone and vertebrae had fallen into the trench after being displaced by the trackhoe.
When police arrived, the skull was sitting on the pavement, where the worker had placed it. Detectives could not get the other bones from the trench until Tuesday morning because the trench needed to be stabilized for safety. Detectives and crime scene investigators spent Tuesday sifting through a large pile of dirt that had been removed from the trench.
All of the bones have been turned over to a forensic anthropologist, who will determine their age. No clothing was found.
Police believe the bones could be decades old because no work has been done in the area recently, and tight security would make it nearly impossible to get onto the grounds to bury a body, police said.
The trench is being dug next to runway 1 and near taxiway G.
Airport operations and construction has continued while police investigate.