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‘Leave it!’ Puppy finds human bone on Mass. beach

Posted at 10:07 PM, Dec 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-14 23:03:02-05

NEWBURY, Mass -- Police are investigating after a man walking his dog spotted what looked like a human bone on a Massachusetts beach.

Police swept the shore along Plum Island after residents spotted what looked like human bones.

Bill Barrett told WCVB he was out for a walk on the beach with his puppy, Tessa, when the pair made a gruesome discovery Saturday morning.

“We walked over there, and I said, ‘No, leave it.’ It was the lower half of the leg with foot still attached and a sock on the foot,” Barrett said.

Bill Barrett

Bill Barrett

Barrett called police, who collected the bones for investigation. Then late Saturday, more bones turned up further down the beach.

Deputy Chief John Lucey said crews launched a search to comb the area.

“There was an effort to organize a sweep of this entire area to make sure there was nothing else, being conducted right now,” Lucey said.


And after four hours of searching, police recovered even more remains -- and  plan to monitor the area during the next few tide cycles.

Barrett said the remains appeared to be an adult male.

“Could have been a man or a woman, but the sock was big enough that it looked like a guy," Barrett said.

Investigators said processing of the remains will likely take several days.