Farmer who found human remains in Madison Township speaks out

Human bones were found in a field in Madison Township, the Butler County Coroner reported. (WLWT Photo)

MADISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WLWT) – Pelvic bones, a thigh bone and part of a spinal column: Those are what farmers say they found in a Madison Township field, off Keister Road.

The Butler County coroner said they are human remains.

“Very unusual, especially for this neighborhood up in here. It’s very quiet, very subtle and it was right next door to my house,” said Todd Carder.

Carder’s neighbors were out cutting hay when they found the bones.

“We found a pelvic bone and like a thigh bone,” the 911 caller said. “At first we thought this could be an animal and then we’re like pretty confirmed it’s not an animal because it has like, a hip joint socket.”

While on the phone with dispatchers, one of the farmers found more remains, buried.

“Looks like it might be part of a spinal column,” the caller said.

The Butler County Coroner determined the remains to be human, but the person’s age, sex, race and height have not yet been determined.

A forensic anthropologist from Mount Saint Joseph University is now working to create a biological profile based on what was found.

“All the neighbors have talked about it and we don’t really know that anybody that is missing,” Carder said.

But there is a handful of families in Greater Cincinnati who have missing loved ones. This find in Madison Township has them anxiously awaiting answers from the coroner.

Investigators have not yet said how long they believe the bones may have been here. An investigation into the cause and manner of death is ongoing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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