AURORA, Colo. (AP/CBS4) – Construction crews building a housing development in Aurora have discovered what they believe are human remains at the site, and police are investigating. The bones were discovered during an excavation near East Smoky Hill Parkway and South Powhaton Road.on Wednesday.

Homicide and coroner officials embarked on a forensic dig of the area.

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On Thursday, Aurora Police Major Crimes Homicide Unit (MCHU), with the assistance of the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office and the State of Colorado Archaeologist, determined that bones that were located by construction crews during excavation were determined to be a male, most likely over one hundred, if not one thousand, years old, and of Native American descent.

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The Colorado State Archaeologist has assumed responsibility of the remains and the location site, and will be continuing their examination into the bones.

“We wanted to express our appreciation to Necrosearch for their assistance in this investigation and Richmond American Homes for promptly notifying authorities of their discovery and treating the area of where the bones were located respectfully,” the Aurora Police Department stated.

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