Woman finds human remains while gardening in SF's Alamo Square

- An Alamo Square resident discovered human remains while gardening last month, according to San Francisco police.

The bones were found on Nov. 23 by a woman in the 1300 block of McAllister Street, not far from the iconic Painted Ladies. She took the remains to the Northern Police Station the same day and alerted officers. 

Investigators with the medical examiner's office later determined that the bones were human remains, according to police.
Cadaver dogs brought in from the Marin County Sheriff's Department later searched the garden, indicating that more human remains may be present when they detected a possible suspicious scent in another planter, police said.
A small area where the dogs alerted has been excavated through the help of Chico State, according to Officer Carlos Manfredi, but no additional remains were located.

Neighbors say it’s bizarre and that they couldn’t believe it when investigators pulled up and started searching the soil in front of two houses on McAllister.

“They had two tents set up and a bunch of tarps on the ground, there was caution tape around them all,” said Kristen Medina, a neighbor. She added that she was notified it was part of a human mandible that was found in the planter next door.

Police said the case remains under investigation and is being handled by the coroner’s office and homicide detectives.

“We’re looking to determine the age, the sex, and the length of time that the bone was buried underneath the soil,” said Manfredi. “We can also compare that with our missing children, missing adult logs.”
Further details were not immediately available.

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