A skull, a portion of a mandible and a possible radius bone discovered this week in Greenville by a work crew are likely from an unmarked gravesite that was once part the historic Richland Cemetery, according to a preliminary investigation the Greenville News reports.
Police said the bones are not related to a homicide and cannot find evidence that a crime was committed.
The remains were found while the crew was using a backhoe to excavate at 135 Hilly Street. The site is near one of Greenville’s first African-American cemeteries, but where the bones were discovered are not within its modern borders.
Continuing studies on the remains will at some point determine age, gender and a rough estimate of time of burial, but the identity may never be known. According to the Greenville County Coroner’s Office it is possible that the bones are from more than one individual and had been buried for years.
Greenville Police said that the bones are undergoing an analysis by forensic anthropologists from the University of South Carolina. When the investigation is complete the bones will be reinterred inside Richland Cemetery.