VAN BUREN COUNTY — Skeletal remains found by a tree trimming/logging company Thursday in Van Buren County have been exhumed and are heading to the anthropology department of Michigan State University.
According to police, around 10:30 a.m. officers received a call from the tree trimming company that they found possible human remains in the woods in Hartford Township while surveying storm damage.
The workers found the remains under the root ball of an uprooted tree.
Detectives and deputies were dispatched to the location and were able to confirm that it was part of a human skull, which was partially uncovered by the root ball.
Police say the tree is estimated to be 70 to 90 years old, and the remains could possibly be centuries old.
The remains were exhumed on Friday morning. They will be taken to the anthropology department of Michigan State University to be examined and dated.