By Rajah Maples
PIKE CO. Ill. (KHQA/CNN) - A swimmer made an unusual find while taking a dip in the Mississippi River.
Tuesday was the first day Kenny Owens had a chance to enjoy one of his favorite summer past times; going for a swim in the Mississippi River with his dog and family. He's done just that for the past 20 years, but Tuesday was a first for him.
"Right behind me on the other side of this dead tree about 15 foot down and 15 feet in. I found an upper and lower jaw bone, I believe. I found a few teeth. One looked like it had a little super glue on it," said Owens.
He was going along the shore line, throwing out glass from the river's bottom so that no one would get hurt.
"Here are some of the items I found in the water to try to make sure no one cut themselves," he said.
That's when he came across the bones.
Reporter: "Is it definitely human?"
"Yes, there's no way around it. The first one only had one tooth in it, so I wasn't for sure. But the second one was a whole upper part of it, and it has quite a few teeth in it," said Owens.
His nephew, Elijah, also was swimming when his uncle came across the find.
"I think it's different, that's for sure. I never expected to find pieces of human bones out there," said Elijah.
But this isn't Kenny Owens' first unusual discovery here.
"My son and I found a pearl last year. He found it right here. We were having a competition on who could find the most mussels," said Owens.
The Pike County, Ill. Sheriff's Office collected the bones from Owens Tuesday afternoon.
Native American bones have been discovered in the area in the past. Historians suspect the area was likely used as a burial ground at one point.