A construction crew came across some human remains while working northwest of Washington. The Daviess County Sheriff’s Department received a call of the discovery of remains around 4:25 p.m. Wednesday at 403 N. CR 300 W.

“A construction crew was digging a line for a sewer when they came across some human remains and contacted us,” said Daviess County Sheriff Gary Allison.

Allison said the remains appeared to be very old and contacted the University of Indianapolis.

“They looked at some photo’s we had taken and confirmed that the construction crew had hit an ancient native American burial site,” he said. “Given the condition of the remains we are very certain that conclusion is correct.”

The remains were located about 15 feet from the backdoor of a residence. “The family that lives there has been in the house for around 50 years,” said Allison.

Finding the unmarked burial sites of Native Americans is not an everyday occurrence in Daviess County, but it also not that unusual.

“This is about the fourth time I can recall this happening while I have been with the sheriff’s office,” said Allison. “About seven years ago we had a kid find a skull cap on a sandbar on the river.”

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has now taken over the remains and will determine what to do with them.

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