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Human skeletal remains no longer deemed suspicious

The remains were discovered during excavation at the property off Route 9J in Stuyvesant. Lance Wheeler/For Columbia-Greene Media
April 11, 2019 02:58 pm

STUYVESANT — Skeletal remains found Sunday at an excavation site in the town of Stuyvesant have been positively identified as human and are historical in nature, according to Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

The investigation will continue, but the property is no longer considered a crime scene, Bartlett said.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday afternoon released updated information about the skeletal remains discovered Sunday by an excavation company doing work on private property.

Investigators from the sheriff’s office met with anthropologists Lisa Anderson and Julie Weatherwax from the New York State Museum’s Office of Bioarchaeology at the site in Stuyvesant on Tuesday morning, Bartlett said.

With the assistance of the anthropologists, Town of Stuyvesant Historian Juanita Knott and record archives from the office of Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner, the remains were positively determined to be human and appear to be historical in nature, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

The remains have been taken to the New York State Museum for further analysis, Bartlett said.

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