LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington Police and Lexington Fire ended their search Wednesday for human remains in the Kentucky River near the Valley View Ferry.
Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn says dive teams found a lot of the vehicle parts they were looking for in the water. He says they did not find any additional human bones.
The remains were first discovered during a routine exercise to remove submerged vehicles from the Kentucky River.
The coroner says no skull or ribs were found, but it’s hoped that DNA will come from the bones that were recovered, ultimately leading to an identification.
The remains were in a vehicle that was split in two.
Investigators say they believe the vehicle is a Ford, so parts have been documented and are being sent to the automaker for possible identification, including a vehicle identification number (VIN).
The human remains that were recovered over a two-week search, will be sent to the National Institute of Justice’s National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) in Texas for possible identification.
Noted Forensic Anthropologist, Dr. Emily Craig, assisted search teams at the recovery scene along the river. The coroner says Dr. Craig believes the bones belong to a single individual. He says the gender is unknown at this point and it’s believed the bones were in the water for a long time.
The coroner says it is unknown how long a possible identification could take, but that the search for more remains is over.
The Valley View Ferry, which has had its operating hours curtailed or even eliminated on some days during the searches, is scheduled to resume normal operating hours on Thursday, November 3, 2016.