State officials are now working to confirm what police suspect: that the remains are those of a Native American, buried at least 100 years ago. The remains are part of a load of sand excavated from one of several building sites in Chatham, Police Lt. Michael Anderson said.
On May 3, 12 year old William Rogers and a friend were playing ball in the J.W. Dubis and Sons sand pit behind Rogers’ house on Middle Road when they made the discovery. They had just thrown the ball behind one of the mounds of sand “and we didn’t know where it landed,” Rogers said. They started to search “and then we found the bones.” The youngsters thought the bones were human, but Jones’ mother, Betty Eldredge, and other grown-ups assumed that they were the remains of an animal.