Human Remains Discovered On Chautauqua County Farm

Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.

DEWITTVILLE – What is believed to be human remains were uncovered late Tuesday afternoon on a Chautauqua County Farm.

Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.

Sheriff Jim Quattrone tells WNY News Now contractors digging a septic system for a new house discovered a skull at Country Ayre Farms in Dewittville.

The Sheriff’s Office is working with experts from Mercyhurst Forensic Anthropology Department in determining the age of the remains.

Following a preliminary inspection, Quattrone believes the body could be a half-century-old, or older, and could possibly be part of an unofficial gravesite.

Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.

The Meadows Road farm, he explains, was once the County Farm, where immigrants and others worked in the 1800s. What’s known as a “Potters Field” is nearby, where many workers without families were buried.

The Sheriff says while investigators will treat the site as a crime scene for now, he doesn’t initially suspect foul play.

This is a developing story and will be updated when more information becomes available.

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