The city medical examiner is investigating human remains found in front of a Queens home Tuesday morning, authorities say.
The bones were discovered in front of a home near 86th Avenue and 108th Street in Richmond Hill at about 11 a.m., police said. A National Grid subcontractor found the bones as they were digging to do work on a gas line.
The five bones were about 6 to 8 inches in length, and the femur was the largest piece recovered, police said.
Luis Gutierrez, who lives in the home behind where the bones were found, said it was "shocking" to learn about it.
"That's a bit creepy. We'll see what they find next," he said.
Investigators suspect the location was formerly a burial site; the medical examiner's office, which is now investigating the case, will consult a historian to determine if that's the case, police said.
Neighbor Mary Skabeikis thinks it's a strong possibility.
"When we first started working in our garden, we found some old arrowheads and old pottery, so I'd suspect these bones belong to someone who's been in the ground a really long time," she said.
-- Checkey Beckford contributed to this report. Follow Checkey Beckford on Twitter @Checkey4NY