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Human remains unearthed during road work in Oscoda

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on May 3, 2012 – 8:08 amNo Comment

Human remains were unearthed in downtown Oscoda Wednesday, as work continues on a major roadway project.

US 23 through downtown is being ripped up and will be re-surfaced.

A construction worker on the job found human remains at about 3 p.m. Wednesday, near the shoreline of the Au Sable River.  The closest intersection to that work is US 23 and Park Avenue.

Oscoda Township Police Sgt. Eric McNichol told True North Radio that a partial skull, several large bones and some small bones were found.  He said they appear to be very old, possibly from the 1800s.  He said they might be Native American – it’s too early to tell.

An archeologist from the Michigan Department of Transportation will be in Oscoda today to further examine the bones.  Photos have also been sent to a Michigan State Police Crime Lab for review.

McNichol said the area around the bones was heavily excavated and more might be found. 

Work at the site was stopped as soon as the bones were unearthed.

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