Probe turns up collection of human bones

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The Thurston County coroner's investigation of a death at a private home in Olympia on Feb. 5 turned up more than a few skeletons.

Not the metaphoric skeletons concealed in a closet, but literal collections of bones - human bones - that once supported flesh and blood.

The coroner is now storing three complete skeletons that were taken from the deceased 55-year-old man's home, including one inscribed with writing indicating that it belonged to a 6-year-old boy. Another has a sticker on its skull that states it came from Calcutta, India. The third skeleton, part of which was hanging on display in the home, appears to be "very old," said Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock, and possibly dates to the early 1900s.

Warnock emphasized that none of the remains are thought to have come into the man's possession as a result of foul play. Olympia Police Lt. Jim Costa confirmed that the police department has not opened an investigation into either the deceased man or the remains.

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