Box of leg bones stolen from Hamilton recovered in Oxford County

Ontario Provincial Police have recovered a box of century-old human remains, stolen from the back of a vehicle parked in Westdale last week.

The two sets of lower-leg bones, believed to have been buried in the 1800s, had been discovered at a construction site for a church in the North York area and were being transported by archeologists, Const. Lorraine Edwards previously said.

The bones, inside a white banker's box, had been left in the vehicle overnight Halloween outside a Westdale residence.

The Oxford County OPP community street crime unit found the stolen banker's box inside an abandoned vehicle with stolen plates in Oxford County on Wednesday, according to Hamilton police.

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The box appears to be intact and will be reunited with the archaeologist, police said.

The box was labelled with the name of the church.

Police believe the culprit may not have realized there were bones in the box.

The OPP continues to investigate this case.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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