Native American remains found at construction site in Menlo Park

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on November 14, 2012

A construction crew unearthed human remains Tuesday afternoon, November 13, 2012, while ripping up concrete in order to lay a more stable foundation for the contracted company.

The workers discovered what appeared to be two human skulls and other bone fragments in the 1000 block of Hamilton Avenue and immediately called the Menlo Park Police Department.

Construction was halted while Menlo Park Detectives and the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office arrived and began an investigation.

The Coroner’s Office determined that the remains were long-deceased Native American. There is a Native American burial site to the rear of the construction site location.

Proper reporting procedures and regulations were followed. The Native American Historical Society was notified and will be taking possession of the bones and handling their treatment and disposition.

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