UPDATE 6 November 2021: NSW Police have confirmed with Manly Observer this morning that the bones found at Clontarf playground and taken for forensic testing and have come back as “not human”.
What they were exactly, remains a mystery.
EARLIER: 21 October 2021
A crime scene was established at Clontarf today after remains were found in the playground beside Clontarf Beach.
Police confirm they attended the playground – currently under construction – at Clontarf Beach at 12.15pm today, 21 October 2021, after the remains were discovered by those on site.
A NSW police spokesperson confirmed they had located bones.
“Officers attached to Northern Beaches Police Area Command attended and a crime scene was established,” she said.
“The remains were seized by police and will undergo forensic examination to determine if they are human and their origin.”
We have not been provided any estimate on how long the forensic examination will take, but will check in over coming weeks.
Construction of the new aquatic-themed playground started in late April this year but shut down over lockdown. It was originally expected to re-open in August.
The all-ages inclusive playground will feature a rope pendulum swing and spinning bowls, a fishing platform, a sea reed climbing net, a slide, seahorse toddler sand play activity area and a “sandstone hermit crab retreat” as part of a Council-led multi-million dollar redevelopment of the site.
Work had stopped and the site was closed off when Manly Observer attended the scene at 4pm today, it is not known when work will resume.