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Bones found under concrete steps in Oceanside determined to be Native American remains

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OCEANSIDE (CNS) - An investigation determined the pieces of human bone found during a remodel of an Oceanside home were Native American remains, the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office reported Sunday.

The bone fragments were unearthed Wednesday during a construction project in Oceanside's Capistrano neighborhood, according to police. They were found under steps which the homeowner said were at least 30 years old.

The remains were then turned over to the county's Medical Examiner's Office where they were determined to be Native American and most likely historic.

The Medical Examiner's Office said the Native American Heritage Commission would be notified and the remains would be returned to the most likely descendant.

THIS IS AN UPDATE TO THE PREVIOUS STORY BELOW.

OCEANSIDE (CNS) - Authorities sought Saturday to determine how pieces of human bone wound up underneath a set of concrete steps behind a North County home.

The remains buried next to the house in the Capistrano neighborhood of Oceanside turned up Wednesday during a construction project, according to police. They were found under about six inches of compacted dirt, Lt. Leonard Mata said.

Officers collected the fragments and turned them over to the county Medical Examiner's Office, which concluded this morning that they were human.

Their age has not yet been determined, according to Mata.

The owner of the residence told detectives the steps beneath which the remains were discovered were at least 30 years old.

"Our initial assessment, based on the proximity of the fragments to the surface, is that this does not appear to be a grave site," Mata said. "This assessment could change as we look further into this matter. The police department will be working with the Medical Examiner's Office over the weekend to explore the site for further remains."

Police decided to withhold the address of the home to prevent the locale from being disturbed by any curiosity-seekers "before we have an opportunity to explore the area," the lieutenant said.

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