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HPD investigates possible skeletal remains of small child bought from shop in Chinatown

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Hawaii News Now sources say Honolulu police are investigating possible skeletal remains of a small child which were bought from a shop in Chinatown.

Homicide detectives were called to the University of Hawaii West Oahu campus after a student brought in bones to class.

Sources say, the teacher who is a forensic anthropologist, concluded the bones belonged to a child. The student said she bought the bones from a store in Chinatown.

The owner at Hound & Quail on Maunakea Street confirmed to Hawaii News Now that HPD officers came to his store on Tuesday, however he said he didn't know the bones were from a child.

The owner wouldn't let us bring our cameras inside, but according to its website, it's “a collection of curiosities."

The site takes us inside to a variety of things including insects, bones, and mannequin hands.

Attorneys tell us it's not illegal to sell bones in the state of Hawaii. But investigators say the bones themselves could be linked to a crime.

"It could relate to a crime, but that's the job of the investigator to determine whether or not it does relate to a crime," said Law Enforcement Expert Tommy Aiu.

"To determine if this bone comes back to a missing person, an abuse case or if it's related to a homicide," Aiu said

The store owner said he didn't remember where he got the bones. He says many times they find things on Craigslist or even yard sales and a lot of times they buy boxes in bulk and they don't know what they're getting.

Our sources tell us the remains appeared to be partly cremated.

Ken Ordenstein, an experienced funeral director says he's not aware of any stores selling human bones in Hawaii.

"It's not just a matter of buying and selling bones, it's actually looking for the origin of where the bones came from and talking to the right agencies and the first agency is always to contact your county police department and DLNR's historic preservation division," Ordenstein said.

UH West Oahu confirms there is an investigation but they declined to comment.

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