- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

CORNISH, Maine (AP) - A contractor attempting to replace a drainage pipe unearthed a ghoulish discovery - eight sets of skeletal remains - outside the Cornish Town Hall, which turned out to have been built on a cemetery, authorities said.

The construction crew dug up the first set of skeletal remains on Monday, and the project was placed on hold when the medical examiner confirmed that the remains were human.

The bodies were supposed to have been moved in 1920 to make way for the new building, but it appears that only the headstones were removed, said York County Chief Deputy William King Jr. Records indicate there could be 13 bodies at the site, with one grave dating to 1810. One set of remains found was of a child.

Town Hall, which will reopen on Friday, was closed from Monday through Thursday to allow for a careful excavation of the site, said Selectwoman Nancy Perkins.

Some curious townspeople showed up at the site, wondering if their family members might have been among those whose remains were unearthed. The state medical examiner can determine gender, race and estimated age of those who were buried there, but that probably won’t be enough to determine the identities, Perkins said.

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