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MYSTERY surrounds a box of human bones found in a garage after a resident said they heard juvenile voices before the discovery.
The neighbor told police that he heard children in the alley by his house on March 24 and went outside to make sure everything was OK.
The man noticed his neighbor’s garage was open and went inside, Mt Healthy Police Chief Vince Demasi told Ohio ABC affiliate WLWT.
“He observed a box, which he looked at and saw the human remains, became concerned, took the box and called police,” Demasi said.
After the startling discovery, police uncovered where the bones likely came from.
They are believed to be relics of a group called the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, which apparently had a large following and lodge in Mt Healthy, Ohio.
During the investigation, police reportedly learned that Ohio prisons used to sell unclaimed bodies over a century ago.
Demasi said it appears the bones were in the possession of the Odd Fellows, who used skeletons in initiation rituals.
The box ended up in the garage after a family who ran a grocery store purchased the group’s lodge and found the bones.
The family named the remains “Frieda” and put them in the garage, where they sat likely for decades, WLWT reported.
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“I got to tell you, it’s one of the more bizarre cases in my 40-plus year history that we ever stumbled across,” Demasi told the news outlet.
“I don’t exactly know what to think about it, but I tend to believe it.”
Hamilton County Coroner’s Office is now in possession of the bones.
Although investigators are examining the remains, it is unclear if they will be able to identify who they belonged to.
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows was established on April 26, 1819, by Thomas Widely, according to their website.
Originally based in Baltimore, Maryland, the fraternity expanded to other states under their purpose to ”visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan.”
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