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Human remains found in Richmond

Richmond RCMP have confirmed that human remains were found on the 17000 block of Portside Road on Monday morning.

An employee of Fraser River Pile and Dredge reported that he had located a jawbone while inspecting a pile of sand that had been brought to the area for a construction project, Richmond RCMP Cpl. Sherrdean Turley said.

"The jawbone was located on the top of the sand and does have teeth intact. The coroner was contacted at which time we were able to confirm that the jawbone is in fact human," she said in a press release.

An area search was conducted, but no further remains were found.

The jawbone is now undergoing further forensic examination and will be compared to DNA samples and dental records.

Police don't know whether the jawbone was an archeological-type find or where it originated from, as the sand began collecting there in October of last year from various locations along the Fraser River.

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