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Possible items of interest found in searches after hand found along Little Blue River

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INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -

Up to 75 people have worked in intense heat this week in an effort to find clues after kayakers found a skeletal hand and forearm along the Little Blue River.

Sgt. Ronda Montgomery, spokeswoman for the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, said "some items of interest" were located after the discovery on Monday.

"However, it will take some time to determine if they are related to this case or not," Montgomery said.

Investigators with the sheriff's office, recruits from the Kansas City Police Department's academy, KCPD tactical team members and Missouri Highway Patrol's dive team have been searching the rugged terrain along the Little Blue Trace Trail in eastern Jackson County near R.D. Mize and Necessary roads. The search of the actual area has ended unless a new lead returns them there.

The Salvation Army has provided cold drinks and food to searchers.

Detectives are still following up on leads. An anthropologist met with the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office to assist in the case.

The remains have been determined to be human, but the person's gender and approximate age have yet to be established.

Montgomery said anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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