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Family finds remains believed to be Native American at Trail of Tears State Park

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

A mother, father and children found some remains while hiking on a trail at Trail of Tears State Park in mid-September.

According to Captain David James with the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department, the family was hiking when their son saw a bone in some leaves near a bench.

James said a mole had been burrowing near the bench, so that's probably why the bone was so close to the surface.

More bones were found later.

Police investigated the bones to make sure they weren't recent and then gave them to Southeast Anthropology Professor Dr. Jennifer Bengtson.

Anthropologists recovered more bones in the area and believe they are old remains of Native Americans.

As of right now, the park is still open, but according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Shepard's Point Trail at the state park is closed until further notice.

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