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Skeleton Found When Historic Conn. Tree Uprooted

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File photo of an uprooted tree. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

File photo of an uprooted tree. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — New Haven police say superstorm Sandy has revealed a skeleton beneath the town green that may have been there since colonial times.

Police spokesman David Hartman said a woman who was with other bystanders looking at a fallen oak tree called police Tuesday after she saw bones in the upturned roots.

Hartman said the tree was planted on the green in 1909 on the 100th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s birth. He said the remains likely belong to one of thousands of people buried there in colonial times. The remains will be evaluated by the state medical examiner.

Katie Carbo, who called police, told the New Haven Independent she saw something in the tree roots, and found the bones when she removed some dirt. She said the bones “should be given a proper burial.”

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