Sandy Topples Old Oak, Unearths Skeleton

The bones are likely centuries old, experts say

By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 31, 2012 10:31 AM CDT

(Newser) – When Hurricane Sandy blew through New Haven, Conn., she stirred up one of the gorier stories of the storm: A homeless woman was looking in the roots of a tree upended by Sandy and came across a human skull, reports the New Haven Independent. Police and a "death investigator" took a closer look, and they unearthed the rest of the skeleton. But foul play is not suspected: The New Haven Green, where the remains were found, served as a burial ground until 1821, and the last bodies were buried there in the 1700s. “That body has probably been there a long, long time,” says an investigator. Another hypothesizes that the body may have been in a mass grave for smallpox victims.

“I feel like it was just someone’s earthly shell," says the woman who discovered the bones. "Their soul is long gone from here.” Says another bystander: “You think it’s the hurricane? I think a dead man trying to tell a tale.”

A skeleton was found in the roots of a tree upended by Sandy in New Haven.   (Shutterstock)
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