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Historical society says child's remains found in coffin in Sanford

The Sanford-Springvale Historical Society says the remains are of a child. (Steve St. Pierre)

SANFORD, Maine (AP) -- A Maine historical society says human bones and the remains of a Victorian-era coffin in an area that was converted from a cemetery into a school playground decades ago belonged to a child.

The bones were found last week by construction workers digging a water line.

Police said authorities were aware the area had been a cemetery long ago, but they thought all of the people who had been interred had been moved.

It was converted into a playground in the 1930s.

The Sanford-Springvale Historical Society says the remains are of a child.

The society is looking to get a DNA test on the remains and experts in antique wood identification are trying to learn more about the coffin.

City records show 77 bodies were exhumed and re-interred.

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