Construction unearths historic graves in Norwalk

NORWALK, Ohio -- An excavating company in Norwalk may have accidentally unearthed a historic grave site while breaking ground on a new county building.

Several human remains were found just a few feet from the surface and experts believe the bones could be at least several hundred years old.

The discovery of the remains was definitely a surprise, but not out of the realm of possibilities according to Huron County leaders.

"When we decided to do this we knew that there was a possibility there could be some graves that were not marked," explained Huron County Commissioner Tom Dunlap, who added engineers took extra precautions to make sure their blueprints would not disrupt a neighboring small cemetery dating back to the mid 1800s.

"We thought we did everything to eliminate this type of an issue and here we are faced with it," Dunlap continued.

Huron County Dr. Jeff Harwood confirmed the remains are definitely human but just how old they are is a mystery.

"Are they from the last 150 years? Or are they from previous civilizations?" Dr. Harwood theorized.

In the meantime construction on the county's new building remains on hold while the bones are being analyzed by paleontologists in Toledo.

"It's kinda creepy," said Margaret Weisenberger who lives nearby.

"I think everybody would like to know kinda just what's going on here and see what they discover," added Jackie Bundschuh.

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