Human bones found behind shopping area in Hobart

Hobart police detectives and workers from the Lake County coroner's office comb the area where human bones were found Friday.

HOBART | An identification card recovered by police may have belonged to the individual whose remains were found Friday night in a wooded area behind a strip mall.

The card, which lists the name of a man, was among the items recovered by police from the scene just north of the Crossing at Hobart off U.S. 30, Detective David Evans said.

The Crossing at Hobart is in the 2100 block of East 79th Avenue, just north of Westfield Southlake Mall.

Other items found at the scene suggest the person was living in the wooded area, where homeless people are known to congregate, Hobart police Cmdr. Jeremy Ogden said.

Despite recovery of the man's identification card, the Lake County coroner's office will still need to confirm identity, Evans said.

"At this point we don't believe there was a criminal element," Evans said.

The cause of death is unknown, police said.

Police recovered more human bones during a second, daytime search Saturday which followed the initial findings Friday.

The bones recovered Saturday are believed to belong to the same person, police said.

Scattered bones were found Friday night by a passing bicyclist who contacted police.

The Lake County coroner's office plans to send the bones, which include a skull, to a forensics expert at the University of Indianapolis. Professor Stephen Nawrocki will be tasked with figuring out how and when the person died.

Police do not know how long the bones had been there before they were discovered.

The cause and manner of death are unknown as well as the age or race of the deceased person, according to the Lake County coroner's office.