Human remains uncovered at Helena work site

Posted at 12:37 PM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-29 14:37:03-04

HELENA – Lewis & Clark County Coroner Bryan Backeberg says that human remains have been uncovered at the site.

Backeberg says workers were digging a hole for utilities when they uncovered a "significantly decomposed" body.

The remains were uncovered about four to five feet below ground.

Backeberg says the area where the remains were recovered used to be a cemetery. He says they working to recover the rest of the body respectfully.

According to the Helena History website:

Robinson Park was once the site of the old Catholic cemetery. The cemetery served three Helena Catholic parishes from 1868 until about 1908, when Resurrection Cemetery was opened on N. Montana Avenue. Not all the remains were removed to the new cemetery, and there are still many graves beneath the grass of Robinson Park.

We will update you if we get more information.

(1st Report, 10:24 a.m.) The Lewis & Clark County Coroner is at the scene of an incident on Livingston Avenue.

The coroner was called to a work site on the 1700 block of Livingston Avenue at about 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

A backhoe has a section of the street dug up, and the road is currently closed.

Police officers were also at the scene for a short time.

There is no word yet on what they are investigating.

We will update you as we get more information.

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