Four bones have now been found in a popular Gold Coast waterway and forensic testing has shown one is a human leg bone.
A bone found in a popular Gold Coast waterway is from a human leg, forensic testing has revealed.
Investigators have now found four bones, after police divers uncovered two during a rock wall search on Wednesday.
Senior Sergeant Lucas Young says forensic testing has confirmed the first bone discovered off The Spit is human, but has shown the second isn’t.
The two bones found on Wednesday will have to be tested to determine whether they are human remains.
Sen-Sgt Young says one of those bones is similar to the human bone found by a recreational diver last Thursday, while the other is small.
Already the families of people who went missing in the area have contacted police in the hope the grisly discovery may provide them with answers.
Sen-Sgt Young says it’s too early to say who the bone may belong to, but is hopeful investigators will be able to close a missing person’s case.
“That is what we’re always after,” he told reporters.
“If we can give closure to some family that is exactly the result, even though it’s tragic circumstances.”
However, he says it’s unclear whether the two bones uncovered by police divers are human.
“It could be someone’s scraps – you don’t know, it could be a lamb shank bone,” he said.
“We don’t know, until they (forensic scientists) tell me.”
The first two bones were discovered by recreational diver Drew Valentine.
He found the first bone, the human leg bone, last Thursday and handed it into police at the weekend.
While police on Tuesday were searching the area where it was found, Mr Valentine discovered a second bone nearby.
“I couldn’t believe it,” he told News Corp Australia.
“I feel like the bone collector.”
Divers are continuing to search the area.