Remains thought to be human and found in southeast Cape Girardeau turned out to be those of a dog.
Police say bones, tissue, hair and a skull were found by a resident Friday evening near the intersection of Giboney and Willow streets. Authorities said the remains were “in a state of extreme decomposition.” The skull was tied in a plastic wrap, and it was not evident it was a canine skull until investigators removed the wrap. The release said the remains were in a suitcase and “appeared to be left for discovery. Authorities asked anyone with information about the remains to contact the police department, (573) 335-6621.