HUMAN LEG BONE FOUND ON BEACH
By SAMANTHA HEALY
POLICE are investigating the grisly discovery of a human leg bone at Wooyung Beach.
A resident walking along the beach found the "unusual looking bone" at about 11pm (DST) on Thursday.
It had washed up approximately 5.6 kilometers south of Pottsville Beach.
Photographs of the bone were taken by police to The Tweed Hospital morgue.
Doctors at the hospital later identified the find as a right femur bone from a human.
The bone will be sent to Sydney for DNA testing to discover its origins.
It is still unknown if the bone was from a male or female, adult or child.
Tweed Police have no leads as to where the bone came from or how old it may be.
There was some speculation the bone may be from a 20-year- old surfer who has not been seen since going missing in the surf at Brunswick Heads in mid-January.
Brunswick Heads surf life-savers found what was believed to be human remains about 400 metres from where the young man went missing while search ing the Brunswick River almost a week later.
It is believed the remains were washed from the ocean into the river.
These remains were sent for testing but it is not known if they were in fact human remains.
A Sydney-based forensic scientist, who did not wish to be named, said that despite there being only one bone, scientists had a good success rate for extracting workable DNA samples for testing.
"It really depends on the state of the bone as to whether we can get a usable profile," she said.
"The fact this one (femur) was in seawater can make it harder to get DNA, but cells should still be able to be extracted.
"For a bone, scientists would target bone marrow or cells found within the bone itself.
"But we would need comparison samples (DNA) to definitively identify the owner of the bone."