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Wpg Free Press: Bone fragments found beneath former U of M campus morgue

January 26, 2018 — 

As the Winnipeg Free Press reports

Human remains have been found beneath a building on the University of Manitoba medical campus, but police said there is no sign of foul play.

The bones appear to be fragments of a human rib. They were found beneath the basement floor of a Bannatyne Avenue parkade that was a morgue and anatomy labs many decades ago.

“Three bone fragments that appear to be part of a rib…,” U of M executive director of public affairs John Danakas said of the discovery.

Danakas said there are additional fragments, which might be from an animal.

The bone fragments were found during plumbing work being conducted beneath the parkade near Tecumseh Street on the faculty of health sciences campus.

“It hasn’t been a morgue for at least half a century,” Danakas said.

Danakas said regulations regarding disposals were quite different when the anatomy labs and morgue were operating.

“Given disposal protocols were different in the past, the discovery is not unexpected. All proper current protocols are being followed, which includes informing WPS. No foul play is suspected,” Danakas said.

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