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Human remains dug up in Helena neighborhood

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The neighborhood where the remains were found used to an old, Catholic cemetery. 

The remains will not be processed in Missoula, as the coroner has undoubtedly proved this is not a crime scene. 

Instead, the Cathedral of St. Helena has agreed to bury them on their property. So, as we might never know their names, at least they'll have a final resting place. 

Human remains were dug up at a construction site in Helena Tuesday morning.

Lewis and Clark County Coroner Bryan Backeberg says their office received a call around 9:30 from a crew installing a sewage line on Livingston Ave. Workers found pieces of a coffin and a nearly complete skeleton about four feet underground in a neighborhood near Helena High School.

Backeberg says the neighborhood is built on top of an old burial ground. However, officials are still trying to determine how old the remains are. Pieces of a cedar casket with some sort of Plexiglas were found along with the remains. A local funeral home says that kind of casket has not been manufactured for more than 30 years. Backeberg says the condition of the remains might date them back to as early as the 1960s.

The coroner’s office says they don’t know if the skeleton is male or female. They’re sending them off to Missoula where an anthropologist can better profile the remains.

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