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Remains of 3 children found in a Montana shed could be missing Michigan brothers

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Authorities say a box containing bones and teeth that are believed to be from three children was found in the shed of a Missoula, Mountana. Our affiliate KECI reports.

Missoula police launched an investigation after a cleaning crew found the box when the former tenant was evicted from the property.

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Police documents say the Montana State Crime Lab verified the remains as human, and an anthropology professor at the University of Montana determined they were "likely modern and not archaeological."

The professor estimated the ages of the children to be 2-4 years old, 5-8 years old and 6-10 years old.

Police tell us no suspect has been identified because it is not clear who the children are, how they died or who left the bones in the shed. However, they do have a person of interest they would like to interview.

Officers say they are working with several outside resources including the National Center for Missing and Endangered Children. They also submitted their findings on the bones to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System to determine if the children were related or missing from another state.

Neighbors were shocked to hear about what happened in their quiet neighborhood.

“I never knew about it,” said Tina Hall. She has lived here for five years and says she didn’t see anything out of the norm.

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“I just assumed that another rental was in and out. I never saw any police officers over there, and over the years there has been children playing in the front yard,” said Hall.

But some experiences led another neighbor to be suspicious. Lennie has lived on the block for four years and says he went to a garage sale where the remains were found.

“The tenants were dirty; it was an unkempt house. The yard was a mess, and they seemed really withdrawn like when you try to carry on a conversation with them about the garage sale stuff,” he said.

The house is only a few footsteps away from Lennie’s house. It's enough for him to want to move.

The house is only a few footsteps away from Lennie’s house. It's enough for him to want to move.

“It’s just too bizarre and has us scared. if we could leave tomorrow we would,” he added.

Hall plans to stay in the neighborhood but says she is always on alert.

“I am always aware and well aware of my surroundings because I am disabled, and I am well aware of what goes on around me,” said Hall.

We spoke with an anthropologist and asked her about identifying certain types of bones. Dr. Phoebe Stubblefield is an associate professor at the University of North Dakota. She says bones vary.

“First issue is how much bone is found, because if the bone is broken into small enough pieces it can be difficult to tell if it’s human or not without doing chemical testing,” she said.

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Having never dealt with the case in Missoula, Stubblefield didn’t go into specifics. She says all cases are different, but the bones don’t lie.

“They have information in them, their shape talks about who uses the skeleton and whose skeleton it is,” she said.

If you have any information about this case, you're asked to call Missoula Police Detective Guy Baker at 406-396-3217.

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