145-Year-Old Casket Holding Perfectly Preserved Toddler Found Beneath San Francisco Home

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Construction crews in San Francisco made a macabre discovery earlier this month when they unearthed a child’s coffin beneath a garage being renovated, the homeowner said.

The lead and bronze 3½ foot-long coffin had two windows in it, revealing the perfectly preserved body of a blond girl in a white dress holding a rose, said homeowner Ericka Karner.

“I was shocked on one hand, obviously, because there’s a small child’s casket underneath the home,” said Karner, who with her husband and children are staying with family in Idaho while renovations continue. “But I wasn’t necessarily super surprised, because I knew the history of the area.”

Karner’s family lives in the city’s Richmond District, which in the late 1800s contained a number of cemeteries. In the early 20th century, the city identified the area for development and moved thousands of graves south to Colma.

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