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CRESCENT BAR, Wash. -- The Washington state physical anthropologist will take a look at human bones found along the Columbia River in an area uncovered by the drawdown of nearby Wanapum Dam.

Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison said Wednesday he's turning the case over to the state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation after determining the bones were very old.

Anthropologist Guy Tasa says he'll first determine whether the bones are Native American. If so, he'll contact area tribes about disposing of them. If not, he'll work with the Grant County Public Utility District. PUD officials lowered the water level in the reservoir behind the central Washington dam to take pressure off a crack in a spillway pillar. Many upstream areas that are typically underwater are now exposed. The bones were found Tuesday.

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