LOMA LINDA, Calif. (KTLA) — The mystery of some human skulls and bones that were unearthed at a construction site in Loma Linda has now been solved.
In and around Loma Linda University lately, a lot of earth has been dug up, but no one was quite prepared for what workers dug up Friday morning.
“What we found when we got down there today was several skulls and primarily some limb bones — mostly legs, a few arms” said Dr. Brian Bull, chair of the Loma Linda Pathology Department.
An investigator from the coroner’s office came out to look at the remains and determined these weren’t the victims of foul play.
Instead, they were the remains of bodies that had been used in medical research at the university back int he 1930s or 40s.
“These would probably have been purchased cadavers,” Bull explained.
“Back in those days, bodies that were unclaimed were often embalmed and then used by medical students and nursing students for instructional purposes,” he said.
Bull said this is the second time in recent years that this has happened. Why it has happened is another question.
He says in the 1930s and 40s, the proper procedure once research on a body was completed would have been to take it to a cemetery for burial.
“It looks like somebody didn’t do that, and buried them not too far outside the building where they would have been used for teaching,” Bull said.