2008-08-14 / Court News

MSU scientists studying bones found at St. Helen cemetery

Richfield Township Police are awaiting results of anthropological tests in hopes of determining the age of skeletal remains found at the township's Fairview Cemetery July 24.

Sgt. Cindy Finkbeiner of the Richfield Township Police Department said the remains were unearthed while a new grave was being dug. She said finger, toe, hip and leg bones and a skull were found. Screws discovered in the soil indicate the remains may have once been in a coffin, she said.

It is possible the bones are from a body buried in the cemetery before accurate records were kept. The State Police Crime Lab assisted Richfield officers at the scene and sent the remains to Michigan State University for testing that may determine the age of the person and how long the bones had been buried, Finkbeiner said.

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