A mystery bone the ‘size of a human arm’ has been sent for testing after a man found it laying between two graves.
The eight-inch bone was found by security consultant John Lewis, 53, as he walked between the graves of his daughter and his parents.
He said it is the first time in 23 years of visiting Tring Road Cemetery in Aylesbury that he has found a loose bone.
Aylesbury Town Council, which runs the 150-year-old graveyard, has sent it away to be tested.
Mr Lewis said: “I thought oh my god. This kind of thing gives me the heebie-jeebies.
“It’s the size of a human arm. It could be a leg, or from a kid.
It’s the size of a human arm. It could be a leg, or from a kid”John Lewis
“I would be very concerned if it was. I just hope it isn’t what I think it is – I hope I’m wrong.
“Yes, it’s in a cemetery, but it’s how it got there.
“If it’s from a beef joint, I’d like to see the farmer who bred that.
“In all my time coming here, I have not seen something like this. I just found it very surreal.”
Mr Lewis, who lives in Northern Road with his wife and their daughter Poppy, was visiting the graveyard on Friday lunchtime when he stumbled on the bone.
His daughter Jessica died of cancer in December, aged 22, and she is buried at the cemetery.
Mr Lewis’s parents, Mary and Laurence, are also buried at the same graveyard, along with his niece, so he spends a lot of time at the site.
He was struck by how clean the bone was and that it had ‘mud on one end’ as if it had been buried.
Mr Lewis said an animal such as a dog or a fox might have dug it up.
Mark Broughton, deputy town clerk at the town council, said he was ‘lost for words’.
He spoke to fellow councillors before visiting the cemetery who thought it must be a dog’s plastic toy.
But as he held the bone, Mr Broughton said: “You can see the ball and socket there. It’s definitely not a toy.
“My early thoughts are it’s not human remains but we will get it checked out.
“It’s too early to properly comment.”