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The family who occupy the Hamilton home where a human bone was recovered say they are as interested as anyone else in the eventual outcome of who the person was and how they come to be there.
Sarah Nathan said she was as surprised as anyone to find a bone removed from a dirt bank underneath her Beerescourt home on Monday wasn't from an animal but was in fact a human thigh bone.
"It's certainly an extraordinary thing that has happened and we will be as interested as anyone else out there to learn the origins of the bone and if there are any more remains to be uncovered.
"While conscious that this is an unusual event we ask that our privacy be respected, after all this is a person's remains and we would like this person to be treated with the dignity they deserve."
Ms Nathan said while it was an unusual situation to find your self in the information provided by the various agencies involved had done a lot to ease her family's mind.
"A Kaumatua came to our home and provided a beautiful blessing of the site this morning and the Police and other agencies have been fantastic to deal with in relation to informing us what was taking place and what was likely to occur from here on in."
As the forensic examination of the scene is continuing Police are consulting a wide variety of experts who they hope will help aid in determining the age and identification of the bone.
Detective Senior Sergeant Karl Thornton of the Hamilton CIB said one of the key challenges faced by the inquiry team was initial analysis had failed to give any indication on the age of the bone other than it appeared to be aged between 20 and 100 years old.
"Coupled with that we are not aware of any burial sites or missing persons that could be directly linked to this discovery."