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Police: Bones found in East Greenbush home

Photo: Scene on Michael Road in East Greenbush (NEWS10 ABC) Photo: Scene on Michael Road in East Greenbush (NEWS10 ABC)
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EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. – A Rensselaer Police Department spokesperson tells NEWS10 ABC that bones have been found at a home on Michael Road in East Greenbush.

The bones were discovered in the homes basement crawl space after the family that lives in the home started renovations.

"One of the workers rehabbing the house was digging in a crawl space in the basement," explains Det. Sgt. Matt Brieg of the East Greenbush Police. "He came across what he thought were human bones."

Police believe the remains may be linked to a 1938 missing persons report.

"There was a report of a disappearance of a woman who lived in this house in 1938," said Brieg.

Right now, the only lead police have is a book report by a ninth grader on the history of the area.

In the report the student writes that a William Karl Bodo Elleke owned the home, but left for Germany in 1938 -- the same year a woman was reported missing from this area.

"That's the only starting point we have -- if we didn't have that, I'd have zero information for you," he said.

"We have a forensic team here; they are collecting every bit of it, sifting through the ground. Looking on top on bottom, looking for every clue to see what could have happened," said Eric Collum of the NY State Police.

Investigators say their goal now is to find that missing person's report, a difficult task considering the East Greenbush Police Department didn't even exist back in 1938.

By the end of the night investigators say all of the remains had not been recovered, they expect to return Thursday morning.

Reporter Trishna Begam will have a full report tonight on NEWS10 ABC at 11.

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