DEWITTVILLE – An addition set of human bones were recovered in what is believed to be an unmarked gravesite on a Chautauqua County farm.
The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reports contractors installing a septic system for a new house on Country Ayre Farms in Dewittville made the find on Tuesday afternoon.
Following additional excavation of the site, the department says at least one other set of bones were recovered.
With assistance from the Forensic Anthropology program at Mercyhurst College, the bones are determined to be quite old and could date back to the Alms House, or “County Farm,” which started in the early 1800s and was open in some capacity for over 100 years.
Through further review of the property’s history, the law enforcement agency believes the remains may have been part of an unmarked cemetery. At this point this incident does not appear to be suspicious.
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