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Human remains found in Goderich backyard ‘historical in nature,’ police say

The OPP have determined remains found at a home in Goderich could date back as far as the 1800s.
The OPP have determined remains found at a home in Goderich could date back as far as the 1800s. Lars Hagberg / The Canadian Press/File

A partial human skull located in the backyard of a Goderich home on Tuesday could date back more than 100 years, Huron OPP said Thursday.

Officers had been called to a residence on St. George’s Crescent around 8 p.m. after a construction crew building a backyard patio on the property located the remains while working in the afternoon, police said.

Investigators said a portion of the yard had been excavated in January to prepare for springtime construction. When crew members returned to the site on Tuesday to build, they located the remains in the excavated soil.

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A forensic anthropologist from the Office of the Chief Coroner attended the scene, and police released an update on Thursday, saying investigation had determined the remains were “historical in nature” and were “possibly from the 1800s.”

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No further information has been released. In their initial release about the matter on Wednesday, police said the skull portion was all that had been located.

According to provincial police, their investigation into the discovery has ended, adding they left the scene around 5 p.m. Wednesday.