Walkerton homeowner digging empty lot for lake discovers 19th century bones

A Walkerton man working to dig a man-made lake in his vacant lot was surprised to find a human skull Tuesday night.

The home is on Walnut Road, just north of Walkerton and east of State Road 23.

The homeowner has been planning on using his vacant property next door to create a man-made lake and a company has been using the land to excavate peat.

The last few months the owner did find some bones during the excavating process but Tuesday he found a human skull and called police. The remains appear to be one infant and one adult from the late 19th or early 20th century from an earlier settler burial site.

The property owner already dug down at least 10 feet over the past few years, so the bones were buried much deeper by the time the bones were discovered.

Although The Metro Homicide Unit was called out it does not appear there was any suspicious activity involved.

The DNR will now take over the scene and examine what's left of the remains.

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