NEWBURY (CBS) — Investigators are combing a Plum Island beach after human remains washed up on shore, officials said.

Update 12/16: Remains Identified As Man

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Bill Barrett was walking his dog Saturday morning on the beach behind 28 Fordham Way when a woman looking through some debris found a bone.

“She called me over and said what do you think this is? It was a good sized bone. I said it looks like a leg bone,” Barrett told WBZ-TV’s Julie Loncich.

Barrett then saw his dog nudging something nearby.

“I walked over there and she had found another portion of the lower leg with a foot still attached and a sock on it,” Barrett said. “It’s a disturbing thing to find on your beach you walk every day.”

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The remains are being processed, which could take several days, police said. Police will also be monitoring the beach in case more bones wash up.

The Medical Examiner is also expected to inspect the bones for possible identification.

The beach has remained close since that time as investigators perform a grid search. It is expected to reopen soon.

Both state and local police are investigating.

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