July 31, 2014 at 11:49 am

Bones found in the walls of historic Detroit building aren't human

The Ashley Apartments, a 67-unit mid-rise, which is undergoing renovations, is located on the 1500 block of Centre in Harmony Park. (David Coates / The Detroit News)

Detroit — Bones found Thursday morning in the walls of a historic downtown apartment building are not of human origin, according to the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office.

“Due to the morphology or structure of the bones, they've been deemed to be nonhuman," Medical Examiner spokeswoman Mary Mazur said.

Crime scene investigators were at The Ashley Apartments after the bones, which appear to be from an animal, were found in the walls Thursday morning.

The Ashley Apartments, a 67-unit mid-rise, which is undergoing renovations, is located on the 1500 block of Centre in Harmony Park.

Several windows on the second story were propped open with painting sticks and the buzzing ofconstruction equipment and scraping of sandpaper inside could be heard Thursday morning.

A crime scene investigator took a roll of yellow police tape into the building at 9:15 a.m. About five minutes later, Wayne County Medical Examiner personnel left the building with a small, brown paper bag.

No further details were released on where the bones were found in the nine-story apartment building.

The Ashley was originally developed as the Henry Clay Hotel in 1917, then converted into The Milner Hotel in the 1930s, which closed in October 2012.

The Ashley is being converted into upscale residences. According to its website, the hotel had been the oldest continuously operated hotel in Detroit.

A medical examiner leaves the Ashley with a paper bag on Thursday after ... (David Coates / Detroit News)
A Detroit police evidence technician arrives at the scene of the Ashley on ... (David Coates / The Detroit News)