Infant skeletons found in US basement trunk

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 18, 2010 21:39




LOS ANGELES  — Two infant skeletons wrapped in 1930s newspapers and placed in doctor's bags have been found inside a trunk by workers cleaning out the basement of a 1920s Los Angeles building that's being converted to condominiums, police said.

The skeletons, believed to be decades-old remains of fetuses or infants, were discovered late Tuesday in a trunk also containing personal letters and ticket stubs from the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

Police are awaiting results from the coroner's office and have promised their own investigation.

"We'll put detectives on this case for the long term," police Chief Charlie Beck told the Los Angeles Times. "We'll try to reconstruct the circumstances based on what the coroner tells us, based on the history of the residence and based on science. We have many more tools and technology available to us than before, which may allow for identification of the victims and closure to any family members."


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