A man has been charged with failing to report a death after a
partial skeleton was found in a plastic tub in a house in
Terowie, north of Adelaide.
The remains were found yesterday after police went to the
property on a routine firearms search.
Police say the bones were not concealed in any way and were
not believed to be Aboriginal or from the early settler
They have been brought to Adelaide to be studied by an
anthropologist and forensic scientists.
"It is hoped they will be able to determine the exact age of
the bones, the sex of the person and the age they were when
they died," a police spokesman said.
That information will then be used to give detectives a
starting point for checking missing persons' files.
It's believed the bones were buried at some time but officers
don't know where.
Investigations will centre initially on the backyard of the
Terowie home to determine if that was the location.
Police say the home was purchased five years ago by the
The previous owner has since died and much of their property
remains at the site.
It's unclear if the 25-year-old man charged is the current
owner, although police say he lives at the property.
He is expected to appear in the Port Pirie Magistrates Court