CORNISH, Maine — A contractor working to install a drainage pipe at the rear door of the town office apparently unearthed human remains Monday afternoon, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were summoned to the Town Hall at 3:30 p.m., according to Chief Deputy William King.

The contractor, whose name was not disclosed, immediately stopped excavation work after uncovering the remains and notified town officials, who in turn called the sheriff’s office, King said.

The contractor was attempting to rectify a standing water problem.

Investigation showed bones resembling skeletal remains, along with pieces of wood resembling parts of a casket, King said. A representative with the Cornish Historical Society reported that the land now occupied by the Town Hall previously was a cemetery.

When the Town Hall was built on the site in 1920, all corpses were exhumed and moved to the Riverside Cemetery on Maple Street, King said. With Monday’s discovery, it appears one grave was missed.

The state medical examiner’s office confirmed that the remains are human, according to King, and the excavation project has been placed on hold for the time being.

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