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Homicide or Oregon Trail pioneers?



So I came across the above article this morning: “A fluke discovery of children’s bones protruding from a badger hole in southwestern Idaho has investigators trying to determine if they have discovered a double homicide or the disturbed grave of young 19th century pioneers who died going west on the nearby Oregon Trail, authorities said Tuesday…a forensic anthropologist determined that the remains are of a child between ages 4 and 6 and a teenager or young adult between the ages of 16 and 20….Carbon dating results expected in several weeks should help determine when they died, said Greg Berry, the undersheriff of Elmore County.”

My first thought was this:

Carol Ann has dysentery


It was probably dysentery.

And then I thought the forensic anthropologist must not be Brennan because they can’t instantly identify the body. No Angelatron to whip up a facial reconstruction in seconds? No Hodgins to identify the ONE particulate that reveals everything? No Oregon wagon display from the Jeffersonian used to see if the bones were crushed by a wagon wheel?

It’s fun to imagine the Squints figuring this out 🙂


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