Cement Slab Excavated From Santa Ana Backyard in Search of Possible Human Remains

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A tip from an informant led police to search a backyard in Santa Ana for possible human remains on July 28, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Authorities have excavated a large pad of cement from the backyard of a Santa Ana home as a team of Orange County anthropologists searched Friday for a body that may have been buried there decades ago.

Santa Ana police detectives on Thursday began searching a property in the 600 block of South Center Street after receiving an anonymous tip that a body was buried there some 30 years ago, said Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

When detectives arrived, a man living at the home offered a startling revelation: Ten years ago workers had found bones “from the knee down” and a knife in the backyard.

The man did not inform police about the discovery and discarded the items, Bertagna said.

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