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Stoughton cemetery grave diggers find human remains, not in coffin

The remains were excavated Friday and transferred to the Chief Medical Examiner’s office

Authorities are trying to identify human remains that were found buried in a Stoughton cemetery but not contained in a coffin, officials said.

Workers were digging a new grave at Dry Pond Cemetery on Bay Road on Wednesday when they discovered the remains and called police, according to a statement by the Norfolk District Attorney’s office posted on the Stoughton police department’s Facebook page.

On Friday, authorities excavated the remains and brought them to the Chief Medical Examiner’s office in Boston, the statement said.

“The origin of the remains, the identity of the person, the cause and manner of that person’s death, as well as how the remains became interred at Dry Pond Cemetery are all unknown and under active investigation,” the statement said.


A spokesperson for the Norfolk District Attorney’s office said no further information was available Saturday night.

Nick Stoico can be reached at nick.stoico@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @NickStoico.