Bone discovered on river bank believed to be human shin
A major investigation has been launched after a bone, believed to be human, was discovered near a river.
Independent.ie has learned that the suspected shin bone was found in Doonass, Clonlara, Co Clare at 1.30pm on Thursday.
Gardaí from Ardnacrusha were called to the scene, which was later sealed off. Forensics officers examined and photographed the site which is close to the River Shannon.
The suspected body part was then brought to University Hospital Limerick mortuary where further tests will be carried out to establish if the remains are human.
The scene, on the border with Limerick, remains sealed off.
A source said: "This was a most unusual discovery. The bone was found near a river but it was on dry land. All indications are that it was a human shin bone."
A garda spokesperson said: "We are investigating a possible human bone found at a river bank at 1.30pm on Thursday. The scene has been photographed and it's been taken away to the mortuary at University Hospital Limerick to verify if it is human."
The scene is close to Limerick city where a number of people have been reported missing over the last 20 years.