Human Bones Found on University of Michigan Campus Where Railroad Tracks Once Sat

The remains were reportedly found was construction workers were excavating across the street from the site of the future Elbel Field

<p>Jeff Haynes /Sports Illustrated via Getty</p> The University of Michigan marching band

Jeff Haynes /Sports Illustrated via Getty

The University of Michigan marching band

Human bones were found near the marching band practice field at the University of Michigan, authorities said.

A construction worker was excavating at the site by S. Fifth Avenue and John Street in Ann Arbor on Monday, June 17, when he located the remains, University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security deputy chief Melissa Overton tells PEOPLE.

University of Michigan Police Department (UMPD) worked with the Michigan State Police (MSP) Crime Lab and local experts on the case, Overton adds.

According to NBC affiliate WOOD-TV, the discovery was made across the street from the site of the future Elbel Field. The previous one, which has been demolished in the spring to make room for a new residence hall was, per the university, an outdoor sports complex for the school's intramural and club sports, as well as the marching band.

“It was literally right underneath where the railroad tracks used to be,” Overton said, per

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Members of the MSP were called to the scene where the bone was found around 3 p.m. local time on Monday, the outlet reported, adding that authorities have since confirmed that the bone indeed belonged to a human.

It is unclear how old the bone is or how it became buried at the site, which is about a half-mile north of the university's football stadium, WOOD-TV reported.

“We don’t know if we’ll ever be able to identify who it is,” Overton told

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Christman Construction was reportedly the company working at the site where the bone was found.

Neither Christman Construction nor MSP immediately responded to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Construction has resumed at the site where the bone was found, Overton tells PEOPLE.

This is not the first time human remains have been found at the University of Michigan. In 1993, construction workers found more than 20 skulls and other bones near Randall Laboratory that date back to the beginning of the 1900s, according to the university’s website.

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