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A box containing partial skeletons of three children was found in a shed behind a house on South 12th Street, and Missoula police detectives are searching for information about the remains.

The Missoula Police Department is seeking a "person of interest” in a case involving the partial skeletons of three children that were found in a box in a shed.

Sgt. Travis Welsh said at this time there is no suspect, but said there is a specific person they want to interview.

After a tenant was evicted from 2166 South 12th Street over the summer, a cleaning crew was brought in to clear out the home. In a shed on the property they found a box containing bones and teeth, according to a search warrant application filed in the case.

Later tests confirmed the bones were from three children. A University of Montana anthropology professor estimated that at the time of death, the children were 5 to 8 years old, 6 to 10 years old, and 2 to 4 years old. Welsh said it was unclear when the children died.

The search warrant obtained by Detective Guy Baker in November referenced another person who had been illegally living in a camper in the backyard of the home for about a year before being evicted in the summer of 2016.

Baker’s search of the property did not find any additional evidence.

The remains have been submitted to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System run by the federal Department of Justice. Welsh said the agency will be able to extract and test any trace DNA, which could help to determine if the children are related. The federal lab also could help match the remains against national missing children cases.

Baker is also looking to speak with any former residents or neighbors of the house at 2166 South 12th Street, as well as anyone else with information about the remains. Anyone with information is asked to call Baker at 406-396-3217.

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Law and Justice Reporter

Crime reporter for the Missoulian.