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Bones found under house were animal's

June 05, 1997

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Bones bound by handcuffs that were found under a house in Burnt Cabins, Pa., were not human remains, a forensic anthropologist has found.

The bones, originally believed to be from a human forearm, were found by workers dismantling the porch of the home last week. A handcuff-like device was fastened around the bones.

Other bones, possibly those of a deer, were found nearby.

Jack Levisky, professor of anthropology at York College, examined the bones. He said Wednesday that he was "reasonably certain" that the bones are from an animal.

The bones will be sent to a zoologist to determine what kind of animal they came from, police said Wednesday.

The handcuffs will be checked by a historian at Gettysburg for possible identification. Much of Fulton County was the site of Civil War activity and police believe the cuffs may have some historic significance. The house where the bones were found is believe to be pre-Civil War, authorities said.

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