Detectives believe the casket may have recently contained the remains of a member of the military, Deputy Dawn Barkman said.
"Obviously it had the smell and there was other evidence that it had been inhabited recently," Barkman said.
Forensic investigators took DNA samples and are beginning efforts to try to learn where the casket came from.
Two residents playing paintball found the casket Saturday near Interstate 10, on the south side of Tucson, Barkman said. The casket was metallic silver with an Army insignia on it. Deputies didn't find any signs of the body and put out a nationwide alert in hopes of learning more, she said.
Monday, June 26, 2006
OH, THAT SMELL
Pima County, Ariz., sheriff's deputies find an empty military casket and start nosing around. The Associated Press reports: