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Bones found in landfill were not human remains, says Clinton County Sheriff

After about a day of examination and investigation, Clinton authorities determined that the possible remains were actually a replica bone.

CLINTON, Iowa — Update: Human remains uncovered by Clinton County Landfill employees on Saturday turned out to be fake, according to the county sheriff. 

Clinton County Sheriff Bill Greenwalt released more information about the discovery Tuesday afternoon, saying the "remains", later described as a femur bone, were confirmed to not be real human remains. 

Instead, a forensic anthropologist and the State Medical Examiner found the bone to be a "professional-grade medical replica" of a human femur that was "made to look as real as possible, from casts of actual bones."

Authorities have now closed the investigation.

Original Story: Possible human remains have been found in the Clinton County Landfill, according to local police and the Clinton County Sheriff's Office.

On Saturday, Oct. 8 at about 10:44 a.m., officers from the Clinton Police Department and Clinton County Sheriff's Office responded to the county landfill after employees reported that they had discovered what appeared to be human remains.

After officials arrived at the scene and investigated further, the remains were believed to be human and were given to the county Medical Examiner's Officer for examination.

As part of the investigation, a team of 30 officers continued to search the landfill and the area where the remains were found.

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