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Wandering ‘Leatherman’ Being Reburied In Ossining

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Leatherman Exhumation - Ossining, NY - May 25, 2011 (credit: Catherine Cioffi / WCBS 880)

Leatherman Exhumation – Ossining, NY – May 25, 2011 (credit: Catherine Cioffi / WCBS 880)

OSSINING, NY (AP / CBSNewYork) - The grave of a mysterious man who wandered New York and Connecticut in the 19th century has yielded only a handful of coffin nails.

WCBS 880′s Catherine Cioffi: He’ll Remain A Mystery, Even In Death

Ossining Historical Society President Norman MacDonald said Wednesday that the exhumation of the Leatherman’s resting place resulted in no visible remains of his body.

The excavated earth - presumed to bear his organic imprint – is still being moved to a quieter grave nearby. So are the nails.

Named for his outfit of animal skins, the Leatherman made a 365-mile loop through the same towns about every month. He said little and relied on handouts for food. He sheltered himself, summer and winter, outdoors.

His grave is being moved away from a busy highway. The historical society also had hoped to arrange some DNA testing.

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