Police: Bone fragments found near Fort Benning not human

Columbus police say bones recovered over the weekend near Fort Benning are not human.

Jeremy Serrano told investigators he found the remains Saturday while walking in a wooded area near St. Marys Road, at the edge of the city limits.

Serrano said he thought the bones – “two or three big ones and pieces scattered around” – could have been human because they were found near a child-size shoe.

“At first it was kind of like, ‘I don’t believe what I’m seeing,’” Serrano said in a telephone interview. “This is a real serious thing. We need to call somebody.”

Detectives and crime scene investigators arrived to process the scene, while Cpl. Vincent Sampson collected the remains and delivered them to The Medical Center. At the hospital, Dr. Eric Ragan examined the bones and determined they weren’t human, according to a police report.

The report said Sampson then disposed of the bones, but offered no further details. Serrano said he hadn’t heard back from authorities about the find.