On Saturday, July 23, 2011 at approx. 2:30pm, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Dept. received a report from an archaeoligist that was conducting a dig on Route 9D near the New Hamburg Fire Dept. While doing a dig and excavation he uncovered what appeared to be a human skull.
The area was secured and crime scene technicians were sent to the scene. An examination of the area was conducted and specialized assistance and equipment was requested. The Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s Office and the New York State Police responded to assist.
On Monday, July 25, 2011 at approx. 10:30am, a Board Certified Forensic Anthropologist, Dr. Vincent H. Stefan, arrived on scene and continued the excavation around the skull for any additional remains. A skull including jawbones and teeth were uncovered at the scene. An on-scene analysis was conducted and the skull appears to be human skeletal remains from an historic/pre-historic Native American Indian possibly dating back to the 1800’s or early 1900’s.
The site and security was returned back to the original archeoligist firm, CityScape, White Plains, NY that discovered the remains.