Remains found by a digger excavating a slipway on the Kingston lakefront are not human, police have confirmed.
The bones were found about 1.30pm today by Wilson Contractors while digging at the eastern end of the beach.
Police cordoned off the Churchill Street reserve while police and a pathologist investigated the scene.
A media release from police states: “This examination has confirmed that the remains located are not human and are believed to possibly be a sheep.”
This contradicts media speculation the remains belonged to Otautau toddler Amber-Lee Cruickshank who vanished from Kingston on October 17 1992 when she was just two and a half years old.
“It’s understandable that there is speculation about these matters but this outcome demonstrates why police exercise caution in these kinds of circumstances,” Southern District Crime Services manager, detective inspector Steve McGregor says in the statement.
The scene will be re-opened shortly, police say.