TULSA - After a day of searching, officers have come across what they believe to be human bones in a wooded area of north Tulsa.
Twenty-five officers still in the police academy, as well as five detectives and an anthropologist with the Medical Examiner's Office, combed the brush behind a neighborhood near North Lewis Avenue and the Gilcrease Expressway in hopes of finding the remains.
Clothes were found first, along with "a significant amount of human remains" shortly after, according to TPD Sgt. Dave Walker.
Tulsa police were first called to the neighborhood Monday after a child discovered a skull in a backyard. Detectives determined the skull showed visible trauma, the likely result of a homicide.
Walker said Monday coyotes had probably moved the skull from the woods the bones were ultimately found in.
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Authorities are now working under the assumption that the bones and skull belong to the same person, thought to be a man in his 20s missing since last year.
Since finding the skull, investigators have spoken with "several people" listed as suspects in the man's disappearance, according to Walker.
Medical examiners are working to identify the victim.
2NEWS is on the scene and will have more on this developing story at 5 p.m. and on KJRH.com.