A park ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers found human remains Friday night at Melvern Lake, which is northeast of Emporia, Kan.
The park ranger was doing a routine check about 5:30 p.m. Friday on the north side of Melvern Lake when the skeletal remains were found. The remains were found near the Turkey Point Waterfront Day Use area.
The park ranger contacted the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, which asked for assistance from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
The remains will undergo a forensic examination to determine the person’s sex, race, age and cause of death. Forensic anthropology experts from Washburn University’s Anthropology Department are assisting in the investigation.
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Melvern Lake, which is about 90 miles southwest of the Kansas City area, is on the eastern edge of Kansas’ Flint Hills region. It is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.