Fisherman nets human leg bone in creek near Chesapeake Bay

This human femur was snagged by fisherman David Shourds in Lynnhaven Inlet.

VIRGINIA BEACH — A fisherman in Virginia netted a human leg bone this week in a creek off the Chesapeake Bay.

The femur was caught in David Shourds' cast net Tuesday after it got snagged on the creek's bottom, The Virginian-Pilot reported. The bone measured about 1½ feet and was blackish in color.

The 49-year-old Norfolk resident told The Pilot that he was about to throw it back in the water when "something told me it looked human, so I called 911."

Virginia Beach police confirmed that they're investigating. Spokeswoman Linda Kuehn said the bone looked "very aged" and that it was sent to the state medical examiner's office.

Historical remains have been found in the same inlet over the years. Extreme high and low tides flush the bottom each day.

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