NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police Tuesday evening said the yard where a subcontractor made found human bones in Richmond Hill, Queens was once a cemetery.
As CBS 2’s Matt Kozar reported, the National Grid worker was digging with a backhoe in the front yard of a home located at 87-52 108th Street — across the street from P.S. 90 — around 11:30 a.m.
At about 3 feet deep, the subcontractor spotted what appeared to be bones. The contractor turned off the backhoe and jumped into a ditch, and authorities were called.
Police arrived and called the New York City Medical Examiner’s office, which removed the bones.
A forensic anthropologist determined that they were in fact human remains.
Five bones were found at the scene – each of them about 6 to 8 inches long, Kozar reported.