Landscaping crew finds human skeleton west of Twin Cities

A crew installing a rock wall near Clearwater Lake in rural Annandale alerted law enforcement after discovering a human skull. The FBI is investigating.

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ANNANDALE, Minn. — The FBI is trying to learn more about human remains discovered last week by a landscaping crew digging on a lakeside property in rural Wright County.

A crew installing a rock wall near Clearwater Lake in rural Annandale, Minnesota, alerted law enforcement after discovering a human skull the morning of April 20, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office. The owner had recently purchased the property and was renovating and excavating to build a new home, the sheriff’s office said.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene and worked with an FBI evidence recovery team to recover a nearly complete human skeleton. The FBI sent the remains to a facility in Quantico, Virginia, for analysis that will include carbon dating, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Anoka County, which works with Wright County on death investigations, contracts with the FBI evidence team. At this point, it does not appear any criminal activity is suspected.

The age of the remains is not yet clear, but based on the condition of the bones and the condition of the wood and nails recovered from the area, authorities say they appear very old. The FBI will analyze the remains and attempt to determine the age.


Annandale is 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

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