Benjamin Carroll

Case of Human Remains Unearthed During Construction in Brooklyn Takes Unusual Turn

Human remains found 13 feet below the surface during an excavation for construction in Brooklyn were likely buried some time ago, possibly in a graveyard, and appear to have been disinterred, police said Tuesday. 

The skull, arm and leg bones were found Monday by construction workers doing sewer repair work on Clarkson Avenue in East Flatbush, according to police. 

NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce says there's no evidence of foul play and the case is likely not a crime. The remains belonged to a single person, though it's not clear when the individual was buried or by whom. The site is about a mile away from Holy Cross Cemetery, but it's not clear if there's any connection. 

Authorities haven't released any information about a possible identity. The medical examiner's office is investigation. 

The scene is near a psychiatric hospital, which is close to Kings County Hospital. Messages have been left with the psychiatric hospital.

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