First-grader finds piece of skull during scavenger hunt

EAST PATCHOGUE - A persistent first-grader in East Patchogue has garnered police attention after digging up a human jaw bone during a school field trip at Bellport Beach.

Ryann Christie made the discovery while on a scavenger hunt with her classmates from Verne Critz Elementary School last week. The 6-year-old says one of the things she had to find were animal bones.

Christie's grandmother, Sheryle Moodt, was a chaperone on the trip and says she assumed it was an animal jaw, but that her granddaughter insisted on more information. According to a Suffolk County detective, the young girl's instincts were right.

Officials say they are now looking into whether the bone belonged to a victim from TWA Flight 800, which crashed in 1996. It has been turned over to the medical examiner for further investigation.

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