Four sets of remains reburied in Roberts Cemetery Tuesday morning

POSTED: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 8:27am
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 9:36pm

Four sets of remains were reburied Tuesday morning, after being discovered along an I-35 frontage road in August of 2012.

In August last year, a TxDOT contractor working in the vicinity of the old Elm Creek Bridge along the SB I-35 frontage road in Troy, at Roberts Cemetery, uncovered bone fragments and coffin hardware from two unmarked graves in the States Right of Way. Per IH 35 Expansion Project contract provisions, a TxDOT staff archaeologist was on site during this work and stopped further excavation at that location. Subsequent archeological excavation, over the next 30 days, uncovered and removed four sets of remains from within the construction site. The remains, three adult males and one infant, were stored and processed for possible ancestor identification in TxDOT’s Archaeological lab in Austin. Nine individuals responded to a request for possible ancestral DNA match. None of the individuals sampled could be positively matched to the remains.

“The impact on the community is significant because we’re able to come back and pay these respects. We know that that will pay dividends. The actual cost is minimal, but the benefits are incalculable,” said TxDOT Spokesman Ken Roberts.

Roberts says the Cemetery Association donated land for the grave, and TxDOT encountered minimal costs for the burial.

The four sets of remains were reburied in the Roberts Cemetery. A headstone will later be erected identifying the remains as Unknown – Moved from Highway Right of Way – 2012.

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