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Coroner: Tank with human bones inside may have been dumped

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HENDRICKS COUNTY — A metal scrapper hauling junk off an empty Hendricks County property made a gruesome discovery Monday, finding human bones inside a large metal tank.

Forensic pathologists and the Hendricks County Coroner spent all day on the scene. The property owner just bought the three acres near the Hendricks-Marion County line outside Brownsburg last month.

That property owner had been cleaning up the lot to build a house on it, authorities said. The owner stayed on scene and was cooperating with the Sheriff’s Department.

“We can safely say … these remains have been in this container for a number of years,” Hendricks County Coroner Joe Neuman said.

Neuman said that the tank is not visible in photos taken within the last two years on the property. That lead him to speculate that the tank could have been dumped.

“Everything’s up in the air (right now),” Neuman said.

Clothing and shoes found with the bones appeared to belong to a man. Pathologists were able to piece together what looked like a full body, which will be taken to a lab for further testing and possible identification.

The tank itself is a 120-gallon well tank that was sealed. Sheriff’s deputies told Fox 59 that it looked like the bones had been put there on purpose.

“The remains were found sealed in this tank, so I don’t believe it could possibly have been an accident,” Lt. Jim Yetter said.

Neuman said there are no open missing persons cases in Hendricks County right now. That means the case will likely be forwarded to other counties, once more is known about the bones. That work, done by University of Indianapolis forensic pathologists, could take weeks.