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Yolo sheriff’s officials investigating bones, teeth found along river near West Sacramento

Yolo County sheriff’s and coroner’s officials responded to a narrow beach along the Sacramento River after an individual walking in the area Friday morning discovered bones and teeth protruding from the mud.

Capt. Larry Cecchettini said in an email that the discovery was made along the river at the weir and County Road 217 near West Sacramento about 11 a.m.

So far, he said, investigators have been able to see only a few small bones and a couple of teeth in the mud along an approximately 2-foot-wide beach. The area is visible because water in the river is so low.

Coroner’s deputies, along with deputies from the sheriff’s marine patrol unit, were at the scene Friday afternoon.

Cecchettini said the teeth appear to be those of a human, so it is presumed that the bones are as well. He said the cause or manner of death is not known, because investigators have little to go on at this time, but it appears the bones have been at the site for a long time.

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