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Bone unearthed from 21st Street home is purportedly a human skull

Bone unearthed from 21st Street home is purportedly a human skull
The scene on May 23. Photo by Ricky Rodas.

The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office has ruled that a bone unearthed from a yard at 3025 21st St. on May 23 is human in origin, confirmed the San Francisco Police Department.

The case is now being handled as a “suspicious death,” said Officer Adam Lobsinger, a police department spokesman.

Robin Whiteside, who owns the property where the remains were discovered, told Mission Local last week that police instructed her not to talk about the bone until investigators figured out what, exactly, was found. She said the remains were discovered during gardening work.

This home, per city records, was built in 1875.

Mission Local is told that the bone unearthed from the yard is a single skull, and was located roughly 18 inches deep near the roots of a recently felled eucalyptus tree that once stood 60 or 70 feet tall. The skull was purportedly free of skin, hair, or fabric, and was aged in appearance.

This is a breaking story. We will update this post when more information becomes available. 


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