Dog unearths remains in Hammond

2011-10-05T19:20:00Z 2011-10-12T21:00:06Z Dog unearths remains in HammondBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
October 05, 2011 7:20 pm  • 

HAMMOND | Police are investigating possible human remains that a local business owner's dog dug up at a demolition site Wednesday.

Kim Mikulski called police when her Rottweiler, Brutus, brought back what she believes is a finger after the dog was let outside Wednesday night.

"I mean I'm pretty sure it's a finger because it had a ring on it," she said.

Mikulski called her boyfriend, Mike Bender, to come home right away to their apartment in the 1700 block of Indianapolis Boulevard, near the Hammond-Whiting border. When Bender returned, he took Brutus back outside.

"I took him over there and told him to show me his bone," Bender said. "I pulled up a piece of plastic where he was digging and there was a skull."

Police arrived at the scene and called the Lake County coroner's office to come pick up the remains.

No digging was done Wednesday night because they are waiting for a forensic anthropologist to come investigate. He is expected to arrive Friday morning, Hammond police Lt. Richard Hoyda said.

The coroner's office took custody of the suspected finger, he said.

Stephen Nawrocki, a distinguished forensic anthropologist and professor at the University of Indianapolis, is planning to inspect the site Thursday afternoon, coroner's spokesman PJ Adams said.

The dog was digging at what used to be Great Lakes Bait and Tackle. Demolition began early last week on the building, Bender said.

Police cannot confirm that it is actually a human until the expert takes a look, Hoyda said.

Bender, who lives above the Sprint By Air1 Wireless next door to the lot, said the building had been vacant for about 10 years.

The lot was being guarded by Hammond police Wednesday night to ensure nobody contaminated the area any further.

Anyone with information about missing persons or possible homicide cases that could be connected to Wednesday's discovery is asked to call Lt. Thomas Fulk at (219) 852-6373.

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