A decision to do some home improvements led to a shocking discovery for two homeowners and started a year-long odyssey for an entire team of researchers across the country who came in to help solve the mystery the couple had unearthed.
Read on to see what the discovery was that would bring so many people together to work so diligently to find answers.
10. The City Of The Dead
In the 1890s, the city of San Francisco decided that the dead were taking up too much valuable living space and voted to halt all burials and closed all cemeteries within the city limits. This decision resulted in some 300,000 existing graves being exhumed and moved to a city below San Francisco called Colma, nicknamed “The city of the dead.”
9. A Stunning Discovery
Now we move the story forward 125 years to May 2016, when homeowners John and Ericka Karner of San Francisco decided it was time to do some remodeling to their home. Their contractor began construction by digging up the slab floor in the garage and made a stunning discovery underneath.
8. Things Are Getting Strange
He had come across a strange -ooking metal box. On closer examination, it was found to be a small ornate casket, what was once known as a Metallic Burial Case, and it had the body of a little girl inside. Once the coroner was called and the casket was opened, things got even weirder.
7. Who Could It Be?
Because the coffin was air-tight, the child was perfectly preserved. She was dressed in a lacey white christening dress with purple flowers threaded through her hair. A cross of the same purple flowers lay on her chest and threaded up her arm. Who was this child, and how did she end up under the Karner’s garage?
6. What Should They Do?
Despite the near-perfect condition of the body, the coroner determined that the girl was actually laid to rest sometime between 1870 and 1890. The Karner’s house had been built on the former site of the Odd Fellows Cemetery, where the small coffin had likely been overlooked during the mass exhumation. What would happen to the little girl now?