The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call about human bones that were dug up from the ground in the 6200 block of Dundee Drive within the area of north Sacramento County on Dec. 26.
Construction workers and the homeowner stumbled upon the bones while they were clearing out the backyard, reported Fox 40.
“One bone, like a femur it looked like, and one below. It was just laid out right there,” construction worker Brian Johnston told the news station.
They informed the police immediately after the discovery. Authorities used various methods of verification and determined that the bones were human.
— Sacramento Sheriff (@sacsheriff) December 29, 2017
Investigators then spent almost two days at the residence unearthing an entire human skeleton. The remainder of the property was checked and investigators determined that no other remains were buried on the property.
“It was so much trash back there and we didn’t notice anything until we got most of the trash removed, and a cat was digging at an area, and my friend found it,” the homeowner, who asked to only be named as Dimeas, told Fox40.
Dimeas said he had rented out the property for the last 10 years. At the time of the discovery, the property was vacant, however. The previous tenants, a family, had been evicted for not paying rent and for leaving the property in a poor condition.
Authorities are unclear how long the remains have been there and are investigating the incident as a suspicious death, but no suspects have been named, according to the sheriff’s department.
Neighbors told Fox40 that the discovery is a bit unsettling.
“That’s a scary thing,” said neighbor Michael Wortham. “There’s nothing that goes on around this neighborhood.”
“Maybe somebody murdered them, stuck them back there hoping they’d never be found, who knows?” neighbor Linda Zamora told the news station.