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Gold Rush-era bodies of hanged convicts found

Four Gold Rush-era bodies belonging to hanged convicts have been found by construction workers building a new sewage treatment plant in the Yukon.

All four bodies uncovered to date have been in coffins, although remains of the fourth coffin were not found until Tuesday.

“We are certain that these are the people who were executed during the Klondike Gold Rush,” Hare said.

A physical anthropologist arrived on Dawson City this week to begin analyzing the retrieved remains, which were taken away from the site. But Hare warned the identities of those who were buried will not be known right away.

“We don’t operate at the speed of CSI, so it’s going to take a while,” he said.

“I’m not sure we’ll ever say with certainty who the individuals are, but I think that we can go through a process of elimination and begin to put some kinds of identities on some of the people.”

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