QUEENS — Parks Department workers made a gruesome discovery when they stumbled upon a skull and other human remains while working in a Hollis park Thursday afternoon, police and sources said.
The remains, placed in two large garbage bags, were dumped near the fence at Peter Fields Park, a green space featuring a large playground for kids, on the corner of Henderson Avenue and 183rd Place.
The bags contained a skull, a jawbone and six other bones, police said.
Sources said that the remains "were extremely old, most likely taken from a cemetery."
The Medical Examiner is working to determine the person's cause of death as police attempt to identify the remains.
"[We] can confirm the remains found yesterday are human," spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said in an email Friday. "Our forensic anthropologists are in the early stages of their assessment."