- Associated Press - Friday, May 12, 2017

SANFORD, Maine (AP) - A Maine historical society says human bones and the remains of a Victorian-era coffin in an area that was converted from a cemetery into a school playground decades ago belonged to a child.

The bones were found last week by construction workers digging a water line. Police said authorities were aware the area had been a cemetery long ago, but they thought all of the people who had been interred had been moved. It was converted into a playground in the 1930s.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2pG5Rfy) the Sanford-Springvale Historical Society says the remains are of a child. The society is looking to get a DNA test on the remains and experts in antique wood identification are trying to learn more about the coffin.

City records show 77 bodies were exhumed and re-interred.


Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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