Brothers Spark Investigation After Finding Bones Behind Home

Posted at 8:41 AM, Jun 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-20 08:41:20-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE 3)– Two brothers found bones in a wooded area behind their Fern Creek home and now authorities are investigating the discovery as possible human remains.

Gage Gray said two weeks ago he was walking about 15 feet into the woods behind his home on Beulah Church Road looking for plants to add to an ecosystem project, according to WAVE 3 News.

"I saw this jaw bone underwater and then I saw a femur lying on the side of the creek," Gray said. "It was just very bizarre because I’ve never seen anything so large of any animal like that."

Gray told WAVE 3 News he immediately told his brother Jared Sloan, and they called the Louisville Metro Police Department. 

The brothers said officers stopped by that night to look at the remains, and determined they belonged to some sort of animal.

"I just knew something was off," Gray said.

With those bones practically in their backyard, they couldn’t stop thinking "what if?"

"I ended up calling my old biology teacher from school and she confirmed they were human bones, so from there, we called the coroner," Sloan said.

Now, it’s a full-on investigation. The homicide unit, forensics, and a K-9 squad all worked the crime scene Tuesday afternoon.

An examination is scheduled for Wednesday to determine if the remains are human and the identity.

"The biggest thing that we were concerned about is providing closure for whoever that may be or to their family," Sloan said. "’Cause you know it’s not just some bones back there. That was someone’s sister, or someone’s mom, someone’s family member."