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.

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“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.” (Read more skeleton stories.)

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