Several law enforcement agencies have joined forces to investigate a suitcase full of bones discovered on a beach across from the Ocean City Inlet of the Sinepuxent Bay in Maryland.
The suitcase was discovered by a couple wading in the shallows on Tuesday morning. They looked inside and found burned bones, personal effects, clothing, and shoes.
The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office reported the disturbing discovery on Twitter.
A couple wading in the water off Homer Gudelsky stumbled accross a suitecase type object in the water. The object contained personal effects that appeared to be burned. Bones were also located in the suitcase.
— Worcester Co Sheriff (@WorCOSO) August 7, 2018
“It’s kind of scary just to have a suitcase with bones in it and a bunch of police officers,” eye witness Sierra Deitz told CBS News after Maryland State Police and the Department of Natural Resources Police arrived on the scene.
A dive team was called in to remove the suitcase and search for more evidence. The search was called off late yesterday due to low light conditions.
“We’re having it done this way to preserve any type of evidence that may be in it,” explained Lt. Edward Schreier of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office. “Once we get it out of the water, we can get into it, look at it- see what’s in it. And determine if the bones are human in nature or something else.”
“I was just really surprised, it was kind of scary because of how much we come down here,” Lea Fritz, another witness reported. “It’s just really a homey, family place. To know that that happened, it’s just kind of scary.”
As of today, authorities have not yet announced if the bones are human.