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'Extremely Old' Human Remains Found in Hollis Park, Police Say

By  Aidan Gardiner and Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | February 12, 2016 8:38am | Updated on February 14, 2016 7:17pm

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."