A secret that has been preserved for the last 145 years has now surfaced. The family had no clue what lay three feet beneath their garage.
A construction crew in San Francisco was working on a families home when they discovered something much more than they bargained for beneath the garage, it caused everything to come to an immediate halt.
Keep on scrolling for the video – it’s WEIRD!
As you can see, the strangely shaped box had a couple of misty windows on the top, allowing you to barely peek inside.
When it was pried open the contents were still amazingly preserved like it hadn’t been sitting there for over a century. Her long blonde hair and the red rose in her hand revealed a young girl that died around the age of 3.
Construction worker Kevin Boylan told KTVU: ‘All the hair was still there. The nails were there. There were flowers – roses, still on the child’s body. It was a sight to see.’
It is believed the girl was one of the 30,000 people who were buried in the city’s Odd Fellows Cemetery, which was active for 30 years before it was forced to shut in 1890.
The bodies were moved to a Colma burial plot in the 1930s to allow for redevelopment – but the little girl in the long white dress with lavender flowers in her hair was left behind.
There were no markings on the purple velvet-lined coffin to identify the child, who is now being called Miranda – a name picked by Karner’s two daughters – after she was discovered on May 9.
But Karner was soon surprised to find out from the medical examiner’s office that the child was now her responsibility.
The city refused to take custody of Miranda, but the problems only continued when Karner tried to have the girl reburied.
Karner was told she needed a death certificate to obtain a burial permit for the girl. A Colma undertaker was willing to take the body – for a cool $7,000.
An East Bay archaeological company’s price was even steeper at $22,000.
Meanwhile, Miranda’s body was deteriorating inside her coffin in Karner’s backyard because the seal was broken after the coroner’s superior instructed him to open the casket.
‘It didn’t seem right,’ Karner told the San Francisco Chronicle. ‘The city decided to move all these bodies 100 years ago, and they should stand behind their decision.’
Karner, who is currently living in Idaho with her family while the house is remodeled, said she felt awful as a mother thinking of the little girl lying alone in her backyard.
She considered the girl ‘part of her family now’.
City Hall finally put Karner in touch with someone who could help, connecting her to the Garden of Innocence, an organization that provides burials for unidentified children.
Founder Elissa Davey, who was able to secure the funds needed to have the coffin picked up and temporarily stored in a mortuary refrigerator in Fresno, said they needed to do the ‘right thing’.
‘That girl was somebody’s child,’ she said. ‘We had to pick her up.’
‘If people find out she’s lying at a construction site with no one around at night, you can bet somebody is going to steal her. People into the macabre. Into witchcraft.
‘I wanted her out of there.’
It was obvious to Davey that Miranda’s parents loved her very much: ‘Just by looking at the way they dressed her,’ she wrote. ‘Their sorrow was great. We will love her too.’
The little girl will be buried in a site dedicated to forgotten children and unmarked graves. So far, they have located 300 unclaimed kids and have given them a place to rest in peace.
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