A late-afternoon find Tuesday had all the makings of a mystery just waiting to be solved.
Mishawaka Police and Indiana Department of Natural Resources officers were called to a scene on University Court Drive after police got a call of a “headstone and bones” found late Tuesday afternoon.
Apparently, landscapers working in the area unearthed bones, three large monuments and glass.
Initially, officials at the scene told WSBT it appears the bones may be from an animal, but because of the age of the headstone an archeologist was called in to investigate.
An archaeologist from Indiana University South Bend tells WSBT the bones are NOT human.
Likely the land was part of a family plot with an old farmstead dating pre-1870. Officials say anything predating 1870 is considered an “artifact."
It’s possible more artifacts are still buried at the location. Consequently, the area has been secured by Indiana Conservation Officers until the IDNR’s Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology can make sure all artifacts in the area are preserved, according to a DNR news release issued Tuesday night.
Take note: Trespassers inside the secured area can be charged.
Stay with WSBT online and on air as this mystery unfolds.