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Digging set on possible burial site

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EPD received phone call indicating human remains may be buried off East Railroad Street

By Jeff D'Alessio

Members of Elizabethtown Public Works department are to begin digging today at a site off East Railroad Street possibly containing human remains.

The work is expected to begin by 9 a.m.

Elizabethtown Police Department spokesman Virgil Willoughby said investigation of the land Wednesday afternoon and evening revealed a “couple of different places on the site where the ground surface had been disturbed.”

Investigators and other officials spent several hours Wednesday using cadaver dogs and ground-penetrating radar to search for bones in the area.

The department last week received a phone call regarding possible human remains buried in the area. Officials searched about a quarter-acre of the site Wednesday.

Willoughby said the investigation was initiated once EPD had dogs and equipment in place to conduct a thorough search.

“We received a call for service and we take all calls serious,” he said Wednesday. “The details of this call, the intensity level was much bigger.”

At one time, a house stood on the land that was searched. The property now belongs to Habitat for Humanity, he said.

“If we see something that raises suspicions, then we will use excavating equipment to get to it,” Willoughby said Wednesday.

Jeff D’Alessio can be

reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.