EAST HANNIBAL, Ill. -- Human bones were found Tuesday in the John Hay Recreation Area adjacent to the Mississippi River.
"The bones appear to be old and consistent to Native American ones found several years ago," Pike County Sheriff Paul Petty said.
Kenny Owens of Liberty discovered the bones while he was walking along the shoreline, Petty said.
An assessment of the bones will be done at the state level.
In September 2011, bones discovered in the recreation area were sent to Federal Bureau of Investigation in Quantico, Va., for identification. Results indicated the bones were several hundred years old. Research indicated the area where the bones were found was likely used a burial ground in pre-settlement days, Petty said.