Leg bone discovered on beach 'may be decades old'
A human bone discovered on a beach in Co Louth is believed to be decades old.
A volunteer cleaning group made the discovery at an isolated location known as The Haven, Baltray, at around 8pm on Monday.
Gardai were alerted and seized the remains, which were later examined by a pathologist at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.
It has since been determined that the bone was in fact the skeletal remains of a human femur, but gardai do not believe that the remains are of a person recently deceased.
"This bone may be decades old, and it will now be tested by a forensic anthropologist for further examinations," a source said.
The Drogheda Coast Guard was also called in to assist when the initial discovery was made.
On its Facebook group,the rescue organisation said: "Drogheda Coast Guard were tasked after what is believed to be a human leg bone (pending examination) was found on the beach at Baltray.
"The area was preserved and gardai notified.
"The bone was taken away by gardai for further examination. Remember, if you see someone in trouble on or near the water dial 112/999 and ask for the coast guard."
A source from the Louth-based organisation told the Herald that it would not normally deal with such cases.
"We wouldn't have been involved at all, but a member of Drogheda Coast Guard was part of the cleaning crew that found the bone," the source said.
"It was found on the beach at the entrance to the River Boyne, about 50ft from the Baltray side."
A garda spokesperson said that the bone has now been taken away, adding: "Gardai from Drogheda Garda Station are investigating. The item will now be technically examined."