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Human remains uncovered at Helena work site that was once a cemetery

Posted at 3:30 PM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-29 17:30:54-04

HELENA-  Lewis and Clark County Coroner Bryan Backeberg confirmed that human remains were uncovered Monday at a work site formerly used as a cemetery on Livingston Avenue in Helena.

Backeberg said workers were digging a hole for utility when they uncovered a significantly decomposed body.

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

Backeberg said because the area used to be a cemetery, workers are trying recover the rest of the body respectfully.

According to the Helena History website, the site near Robinson Park was an old Catholic cemetery, which served three parishes in the late 1800s until 1908. Most, but not all remains, were removed when Resurrection Cemetery opened on North Montana Avenue.