Update: State Police say the bone fragment found in the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline last week was from an animal and was not from a human.
FRANKLIN COUNTY - Virginia State Police say a bone gragment was found in the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline on Iron Ridge Road in Franklin County Friday. They are waiting on results from the Virginia Department of Forensic Science in Roanoke to see if the fragment is from a person or not.
Investigators say Mr. Daniel Angles found the bone fragment last Thursday, June 21, between 8 and 8:30 p.m. while walking on his land. The land was used to grow agriculter before the pipeline easement. Mr. Angles contacted police the next day on Friday. When State Police arrived at the location at 11:23 a.m., they were shown a plastic bag with the bone fragment inside by Mark Joyner with the Association of Archaeological Properties. Joyner said the fragment appeared to be part of a vertebrate from a mammal, police say.
Police searched the immeadiate area for other remains, but none were found.
The investigation into the orgin of the bone fragment may take several days. State Police say they will decide what next steps to take in their investigation once the results come in.