Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

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Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Human remains discovered


A skeleton was unearthed October 13 during an excavation for a basement on this property on the east side of Pokegama Lake.

At about 10 a.m., Monday, October 13, during an excavation for a basement on property on the east side of Pokegama Lake, skeletal remains were found.

The skeleton was unearthed about three feet under ground at the corner of a deck where the property was being excavated. According to a source, the deck was very close to the ground, which would have made it difficult to bury a body. It is likely the deck was added sometime after the body was buried.

Pine County Chief Deputy Rick Giese said the Pine County Sheriff's Office is working with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to identify the remains.

The site has been taped off by the sheriff's office and left as is since the discovery yesterday.

The sheriff's office released this statement Tuesday morning:

The Pine County Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigating following the discovery of human remains near Pine City. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the State Archeologist and a forensic anthropologist are assisting with the investigation.

Around 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 13, sheriff's deputies responded to a call of possible human remains found underground at a construction site in the 15000 block of Sunset Trail, west of Pine City. It appears the remains have been at that location for several decades. Authorities are on the scene at this hour and are in the process of removing the remains and attempting to determine whether the location is a historical burial site or something else.

Anyone with information about the remains is asked to contact the Pine County Sheriff's Office at (320) 629-8380.


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