Remains found in Oconto County not human
Photo: Video by nbc26.com
ARCHIBALD LAKE, WI--The Oconto County Sheriff's Department says reports of human remains found in Nicolet National Forest are false.The bones in question were found in Archibald Lake.
Deputies say they received a call Friday evening from an off-duty member of the Green Bay Police dive team. The officer was doing some recreational diving snd found what he thought were skeletal remains. A forensic anthropologist determined the remains were not human by looking at photographs.
But the whole search is still on everyone's mind at the popular vacation spot. Lake Archibald may look like a peaceful vacation spot now but this weekend it was considered a crime scene.
Lisa Antokowski comes to the Nicolet National Forest from Milwaukee to relax and get away but this weekend the lake in front of her home was swarming with police as rumors of a body found swirled.
"It just really floored me. Usually in this area we don't have these kinds of things happen," said Antkowski.
She says everyone in the area is curious and concerned.
"I was in town today and people are talking, wondering. If it's a body, if it's an animal. What it is!" said Antkowski.
And its no wonder the story is the talk of the town.
"From beginning to end it was a whole day operation,": said Lt. Kevin Warych with the Green Bay Police Department.
When an off duty Green Bay PD diver found what he thought were human bones a search got underway. Armed with underwater cameras and video cameras, divers took images of the bottom of the lake.
"We have several trained divers and underwater evidence recovery to go and do the search pattern to recover those items," said Lt. Warych.
Antkowski and others still have a lot of questions, like what the bones from and how they got in the lake.
"It's probably been there for a long time I'm thinking!" said Antkowski.
An investigation is underway through the state crime lab.