NEW INFO: Bones Recovered in Bayfield Likely from Cemeteries

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) -- Human bones found during a sewer reconstruction project in Bayfield are believed to have been left from a flood more than 60 years ago that washed out a number of bodies from cemeteries on a hill above the town.

The discovery caused work on the project to come to an immediate halt, and the bones were collected for examination.

Mayor Larry MacDonald says the bones are believed to have been deposited by the 1942 flood that washed out parts of Greenwood and Evergreen cemeteries.

The late Ed Erickson, a former mayor, often spoke of personally gathering disinterred bodies and coffins from along a ravine and reburying them at the request of city officials.

An anthropologist says there are three positively identifiable human bones and a number of small bone fragments. They include a partial thigh bone came from a young female, a partial upper arm bone, possibly from the same person, and a partial pelvis bone probably from a large, young male.

The state Burial Sites Preservation Board is reviewing the findings.

The mayor says once that's done, the bones will be reburied, with dignity.

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