New Jersey

Human Remains Discovered During Backyard Pool Excavation

Prosecutors in Burlington County, New Jersey are investigating the discovery of human skeletal remains during a backyard pool installation.

Workers from Budd's Pools were digging the in-ground pool at a home along the 600 block of Banks Avenue in Riverton late Monday afternoon when the bones were uncovered, officials with the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office told NBC10 Tuesday.

Randy Budd, owner of Budd's Pools, said the bones were found 6- to 8-feet underground near where the pool's deep end would be. He said the remains were old and that there was no flesh left on the skull.

Crime scene investigators from Riverton Police and the prosecutor's office came back out to the scene on Tuesday, officials said. They are looking for additional evidence in the hole as well as the front yard of the home.

There is no suspicion of foul play, according to county authorities.

Property records show the 5,000-square-foot home was built in 1900. The owners are not currently living at the home and are cooperating with the investigation, officials said.

A state police forensic anthropologist is on their way to the house to determine when and how the person's death occurred.

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