STORY: Site Probed For More Bones [August 22, 2007]

Hartford Courant

Police on Tuesday continued to investigate the wooded site behind a Hartford Road shopping plaza where human bones were discovered Monday.
    Police spokesman Sgt. Gregory Wright said the bones were spread over a 100-foot area, about 150 to 200 feet behind the parking lot of the shopping plaza. Wright said the bones appeared to have been there for a long time, were likely scattered by animals, and did not appear to have any flesh on them.
    It was not clear how the bones ended up there or how the person died, Wright said. Police are not calling the case a homicide but must treat it as one out of caution, he said.
    A man discovered the bones while walking through the area and checking it out as a potential hunting ground, Wright said. The area is located near Route 9 and behind a shopping plaza that includes a Subway restaurant, CT Beverage Mart, and Daddy's Junky Music store. There is a steep drop between the shopping plaza and the area where the bones were found, Wright said.
    The bones were in a flat, wooded area, and Wright said investigators had to clear away brush and sift and rake through the area to make sure they found everything.
    New Britain police were investigating the case along with the state police major crimes squad and the New Britain State's Attorney's office.
    In 1995, police found a young woman's body behind the same shopping plaza, near trash bins behind the Subway restaurant. The woman had been killed by a single gunshot wound and was wrapped in a sleeping bag. She has never been identified.

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