Bones found in Schenectady not human

August 16, 2013
Updated 5:35 p.m.
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— A collection of bones discovered today by a National Grid crew on a dead end road in Schenectady were determined not to be human, according to Schenectady police.

Workers were digging up a portion of paved road in front of 15 Paulding St. today to replace a gas line when they came across eight or nine bones about three feet below the surface. They called Schenectady police, who sent a forensics team to the site to collect and examine the remains.

The forensics crew also discovered nails and "what appeared to be some shoe soles that had become deteriorated," said police Sgt. Matthew Dearing this afternoon from the scene.

Police weren't sure how long the bones sat beneath the short road off of Eastern Avenue. The road ends at the boundary to Vale Cemetery, so police called up cemetery officials to determine whether it was possible the cemetery had at one time extended into the present-day street.

"Their old maps didn't indicate that the cemetery ever came out that far," said Dearing.

The bones were discovered about 20 feet away from the end of the paved road. National Grid confirmed that the last time that gas line had been dug up was in 1912.

Reach Gazette reporter Bethany Bump at 395-3107 or

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August 17, 2013
7:49 a.m.

Nails and 'soles.' Some would start canonization processes.

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