West End: Bones stir chilling tale

SEKIU — Dirty clothes, a rusty bicycle and bones teetering on the edge of a 30-foot cliff have some Sekiu residents wracking their brains for local missing persons.

But Clallam County Sheriff’s Department officials say the jumble is trash and animal remains, dumped into the bushes off an access trail.

“They look like human bones,” said area resident Doug Ehler, who spotted them Monday afternoon while hiking the trail with his girlfriend and daughter.

Ehler described the three or four “leg” bones as scattered around the bicycle and a pile of wet clothes about 10 feet below the trail, on the edge of a cliff plunging to the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The bones’ placement indicates someone may have met their demise on the steep slope, he said.

The site, just west of Olson’s Resort, 461 Front St., is too precarious for rescuers to reach the bones until drier weather allows them to rappel over the cliff’s edge, Undersheriff Joe Martin said Tuesday.

The rest of this story appears in today’s Peninsula Daily News Jefferson County edition. Get the PDN delivered to your home or office by simply clicking “Subscribe.”

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