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UPDATED Alameda workers dig up human bones

Submitted by on 1, January 28, 2009 – 9:38 pmNo Comment

Updated 9:38 p.m.

City workers doing some digging along the 3000 block of Washington Street this morning unearthed a skull and bones that authorities believe belonged to a six- to eight-year-old child.

Lt. Bill Scott said the workers were digging out a portion of cement gutter shortly before 9:30 a.m. today when they saw a skull sticking out of the mud and contacted police. Police and a team from the coroner’s office responded and found a skull and an incomplete set of human bones, Scott said.

Scott said the coroner’s office determined that the site is not an Indian burial site. He said it’s possible the remains could date back to the 1920s, the date stamped on a nearby sidewalk, but police and the coroner are still investigating.

A representative from the coroner’s office said he believed the bones belonged to a six- to eight-year-old child but could not say whether they were a boy’s or a girl’s. He said a forensic anthropologist would review the remains Thursday in an effort to glean more information.

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