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Thursday, October 05, 2017 1:00 am

Unearthed remains returned to graves

May be Native American; DNR to mark site

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

Human remains found in the 1400 block of West Washington Boulevard could be Native American, but it's unlikely more testing will be done on them, a coroner's investigator said Wednesday.

The bones were discovered Tuesday during an excavation by a private contractor burying a power line,  the Allen County coroner's office said.

A local pathologist determined the bones had been buried for an extended period of time.

The Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation office determined there are other graves in the area that the office has identified, Michael Burris, chief investigator with the coroner's office, said Wednesday.

The bones found Tuesday were placed back into the graves, Burris said. No coffins or caskets were found, he added.

No further testing is expected on the bones.

“(The DNR does) have photos,” Burris said. “I'm not sure if they'll have those looked at by anthropologists.”

“Historically they prefer us to leave the bones where they are as opposed to removal or transport and rebury,” Burris said. “They will move the utility out of that area and (the DNR) will mark that as a grave on their database.”

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