Possible human remains found inside Annesdale Mansion fireplace

Published: Jun. 27, 2016 at 1:02 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 27, 2016 at 10:17 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The owner of Annesdale Mansion on Lamar Avenue said they found possible human remains inside the building.

Officers said the owner found the remains inside the fireplace, which had been previously boarded up.

Workers at the mansion, built in the 1850s, found a piece of a bone sitting in a grate under a fireplace Friday afternoon. The bones were found by a photographer doing a photo shoot.

"The small bone partial was found here in the corner of the grate."

Investigators then took the remains to the morgue for analysis.

"It's very, very, very old. Extremely old and very delicate," said Event Manager Valerie Bledsoe, who was on hand when the bones were found.

Police said the bones appear to be very old and have not been confirmed as human remains.

Since the home was built in the 1850s, the fire places are not safe to be lit anymore. So, years ago the new home owner sealed them up and Bledsoe said there may be a crack in that seal.

"It's not a crime scene," Bledsoe said. "It's not anything recent. It just adds to the rich history of Annesdale."

It's a rich history that can be seen throughout the house, starting with a picture of Annie, whose father purchased the home for her as a wedding present over 100 years ago. The home now sits on seven and a half acres of land and is used as a venue for weddings and private corporate events. But, it wasn't always that way.

At one point, the home served as a civil war hospital. Bledsoe said she's not surprised that there is more history deep inside the walls.

Memphis police said this is still under investigation and it is unclear if they will be searching that fireplace for any more bones.

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