Experts still digging for bones after partial remains found beneath Detroit sidewalk

Neal Rubin
The Detroit News

Detroit — Authorities are sifting through the soil at a downtown construction site, hoping to find the missing pieces of a skeleton unearthed there last week.

Detroit Police Department spokesman Sgt. William O’Brien said Tuesday that “anthropologists and archaeologists are going through the dirt, seeing if they can put together more" of the remains, which lacked a skull and part of the right side of the body when a crew of MDOT contractors spotted it Thursday beneath the sidewalk at Cass and Fort.

The crew was working on a signal upgrade project when it came across the bones at the northeast corner of the intersection.

Construction crews were working Tuesday, October 5, 2021, across the street from where skeletal remains were found Thursday on the northeast corner of Cass Avenue and Fort Street in Detroit.

O'Brien said he didn't know whether the bones were being regarded as something historic as opposed to something relatively recent.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office, O'Brien has said, was expected to analyze the find "to try and see exactly what they have." A contact for the medical examiner's office could not be immediately reached on Tuesday. 

Skeletal remains were found last week on the northeast corner of Cass Avenue and Fort Street in Detroit.