Greenville Police detectives, Greenville Coroner’s office and the (USC School of Medicine) forensic anthropologist continued the site excavation in an effort to collect all the remains found near the communications tower site at 135 Hilly Street.
The unearthed bones were gathered and transported to the Greenville County Coroner’s office for further examination. Once the examination and dating processes are complete, the Coroner’s Office will be releasing its findings to include age, gender and estimated time of burial.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the area where the human remains were found was an unmarked gravesite once incorporated into the Richland Cemetery. As the cemetery and surrounding streets were developed, the area in question became segmented from what now visually marks the borders of the cemetery. This information provided was obtained from past records, former City of Greenville employees, area residents and an historical cemetery specialist. This also aligns with early information of the bones having been buried for an extended length of time.
Greenville Police Investigators have determined that this discovery is not related to homicide and there is no evidence of a crime having been committed. At the point where the Greenville County Coroner and forensic anthropologist complete their analysis of the remains, they will be reinterred with care and respect inside the cemetery.