Police hope for clues to identify mysterious bones found in Greenwood field

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GREENWOOD, Ind. (Apr. 24, 2014) — More than 20 years after children found human skeletal remains in a field in Greenwood, nobody knows who the person is.

It’s a mystery that’s been unsolved, but there is a renewed push to get new leads with help from Ball State University students.

Detectives are confident the bones belong to a man who was killed in the early 1990s, but anything more than that is anybody’s guess.

“The bones were initially found in ’92 by some children who were playing in a corn field,” said Det. Sgt. Eric Klinkowski with the Greenwood Police Department. “Approximately a year later, some other children playing in the same area found bones and took them to another parent who then looked at them.”

Klinkowski says that adult, who worked for a local ambulance company at the time, knew they were human bones. They were analyzed by Dr. Stephen Nawrocki, who works at the University of Indianapolis. His analysis, as well as what was thought by detectives at the time, made it look like it was a woman. However, advancements in DNA identification proved, 13 years later, it was in fact a man. The question that still remains after all these years, who is it?

“That’s the great mystery. Who is this?” Klinkowski said.

Greenwood police and Crime Stoppers asked Ball State University students to jump in and help bring in more tips and leads. They put together a public service announcement that will run on TV. At this point, they’re really anxious to find out who the man is.

“We just haven’t reached the right person yet to say, we have your relative. And that’s mainly what we want to do at this point,” Klinkowski said.

There are parts of this person’s bone structure that detectives never found, so they don’t even have a whole person. Friday night at 10, FOX59 will tell you more about that and how a very rare birth defect may finally help get this person identified.

If you know something that can help find the shooter, you’re asked to call police or crime stoppers. You can call them in at 317-262-TIPS(8477), 1-800-222-TIPS or http://www.crimetips.org. You can also send a text message. Text “INDYCS” plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES). The message to take home when submitting tips is that you can, and will remain anonymous.