Human jawbone found on NSW beach

A human jawbone has been found on a beach in NSW, sparking a major police investigation.

A member of the public made the grim discovery at Umima Beach, near Sydney Avenue, around 2.15pm on Thursday.

They then reported the find to officers at nearby Woy Woy Police Station.


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Police, including officers from Brisbane Water Police District, descended on the area and established a crime scene.

At a press conference on Friday morning, Detective Chief Inspector Steve Laksa told reporters that police are “keeping an open mind” in relation to the discovery.

“We don’t know whether it’s twelve months old or 100 years old,” Detective Chief Inspector Laksa said.

“It could have washed in from the ocean, it could have been unearthed, it could have been moved by a dog.”

The bone has since been seized and is undergoing forensic testing, while police are scouring missing persons registries.

Investigations are continuing.

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