Bones found by workers replacing gas main

Anderson, Indiana (AP) 8-08

A forensic pathologist will determine whether bones dug up by a work crew at a downtown Anderson intersection are human.

The remains, which appeared in good condition and described by police as a broken pelvic bone and a femur, were discovered July 29 about 3 feet below the surface by a crew from Miller Pipeline, which was replacing an underground gas main, Sgt. William Casey said.

“It’s nothing to get alarmed about,” Casey said. “We think we might just have a grave site.” 


Madison County Coroner Ned Dunnichay said an initial identification of the bones as human will need to be confirmed through a pathologist’s examination at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. He also said a forensic anthropologist from Indiana University will be called to the site to see if there are any more remains.

Casey said the hole dug by the workers was about 4 feet wide, 10 feet long and 3 or 4 feet deep. Work at the site has been halted.

“At this point, we don’t know how old they are,” Dunnichay said of the bones. “Who knows? It could be an old Indian (burial) site. We don’t know.”

Police do not suspect foul play, Casey said.