Greenwich police reported that on Thursday morning the Connecticut State Police dive team came to Old Greenwich to continue the search for human remains that were first discovered in Helen Binney Kitchel Natural Park on Wednesday, April 26.
On Wednesday divers could be seen in the water in Binney Pond, working their way north.
Greenwich Police Lt David Nemecek said Greenwich Police were grateful that the state police helped with the investigation, and that when any remains are found, it is possible to send photos to an anthropologist who can determine whether they are human or animal remains.
As of the 11:30am police briefing on Thursday, Lt Nemecek said nothing new had been discovered.
Nemecek also said that because there are PCB’s in the river, state police divers wore dry suits with green protective haz-mat suits over them. He said the state has an environmental service contractor who will take contaminants off site.
“PCBs were found when they were doing testing for the dredging,” he said. “We were going to try to do this last week, but we had to confer with DEEP about protective clothing.”
Nemecek said Greenwich Police may continue their search, but, he said, “It’s good that they’re helping us because the dredging in Binney Pond is coming up. Depending on what they find today, we’ll have to sit with the town and talk about the dredging process.”
The Binney Pond dredging is scheduled to get underway following the 4th of July holiday. Fireworks displays will take place in the park and potentially draw thousands of residents.
“We did a search of the river and we’ve been periodically been going up the river,” Nemecek said. “Remains can be found upstream or downstream.”
Nemecek said the human remains that were found on April 26 could stem from a death from natural causes or foul play. “It could be a victim of an overdose, a natural heart attack or foul play. We haven’t heard from the medical examiner’s office yet on that.”
Greenwich Detectives are actively investigating the case.
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This story will be updated as more information becomes available.