Bag of bones found in TriBeCa

March 31, 2008 8:49:13 PM PDT
A mystery is being uncovered in Lower Manhattan Monday. What are believed to be human bones were found inside a black plastic bag by workers digging in the basement of a building.

The bones were found at 277 Church Street in TriBeCa.

The mystery is, whose bones are they? And who put them in the bag?

Eyewitness News reporter Jim Dolan has the story.

This one is not going to be so easy to figure out. Workers addressing some sewage problems on Church Street traced a sewer line to 277 Church, where a jazz club called B Flat is located.

Underground workers found a plastic bag with a skeleton and several large bones. Police confirm they believe the bones have been there years, rather than months or weeks.

Police called in a forensic anthropologist, who examined the bones. The medical examiner says they look like human bones, but they will be testing to make sure.

Police have been coming and going ever since, looking for any clue to determine how the plastic bag ended up in the basement of the four-story walk-up.

The bar has only been in the location for a relatively short period of time, but police believe the bones have been there for much, much longer.