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Digging on hold in assumed homicide investigation

A crew from Sound Excavating has stopped processing soil near Lund Avenue in South Kitsap as investigators from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office wait to hear more information about the human bones found this week.

Spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson said that his office hopes to hear soon from the King County Medical Examiner’s Office — where the bones uncovered so far have been sent — on whether the remains are from one or more humans.

“Do we have a complete set, or do we have a complete set and extras?” Wilson said. “Do we have another body?”

Wilson said detectives now believe the bones are a result of a homicide, based on another discovery made Wednesday.

“They uncovered something — they are not telling me what it is, because they do not want it released — that changed the whole (course) of the investigation,” Wilson said. “The cause of death is still unknown, and whether it is a male or female is still unknown.”

The investigation began nearly a week ago after construction workers found a hiking shoe with the remains of a human foot inside the evening of June 6.

The following Monday, Sheriff’s Office detectives dug up more bones that had been wrapped in a plastic tarp, and later, another bone was unearthed.

Wilson said deputies were processing soil very close to Lund Avenue, and earlier today had the right lane going westbound closed to traffic.

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