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Native American skeletal remains found on island in Maumee River

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MetroParks police confirm fisherman have found human skeletal remains at Audubon Islands Nature Preserve in the Maumee River.  The island lies between Maumee and Perrysburg.

A MetroParks spokesperson says the island is a known Native American burial site.  After reviewing pictures of the bones, the coroner confirms the bones found late Wednesday morning are Native American remains.

"Could've been there for a couple hundred years," says Scott Carpenter, a spokesperson for the Metroparks.  "We've had evidence for a long time that there are Indian burials there. What happens is the island has eroded over time, so some of those grave sites become exposed because of the water eating away at the island."

The remains will remain where they are on the island.  However, a necklace and bowl recovered from the site have been turned over to the Ohio Historical Society.

Officials say remains have been found by fishermen on the island at least three times in the past.

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