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ME to determine if Stamford bone is human

March 26, 2019

STAMFORD - The state Medical Examiner later this week is ready to look at large bone discovered by a Springdale couple doing some early Spring gardening to see if it could be human.

Sgt. Paul Guzda said the discovery was made on Friday by the couple doing some light raking in their backyard. Guzda said that the bones that usually turn up in this way turn out not to be human, but sometimes they are.

Police officers are scheduled to bring the bone up to the Farmington office of the medical examiner on Wednesday. “Based on the photos it does not appear to be human, but they want to see it anyway. They were interested,” Guzda said. “This bone is very old.”

Guzda said the family that discovered the bone wants to keep the address of their property private for the time being.

Through the years police have received a number of calls about bones and other body parts through the years.

In 2014, the discovery of two skulls at the city’s Waste Transfer Station on the day before Halloween drew about 10 police cruisers to the dump. It turned out that the Fairfield man who owned them was practicing the dark arts and purchased them online for more than $1,000 each, the man’s father told police.

In March 2018, some small bones and skull pieces turned next to a hole in an old Springdale cemetery that contains some of the city’s founding fathers and mothers. The bones appear to have been pulled out of rotted wooden caskets and nibbled on by rodents craving calcium.

Other discoveries have been much less benign.

Last October a newborn baby was found dead at the City Carting station in Springdale.

Police have yet to determine where the baby came from.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com