Bones found in Christchurch cemetery
Sun, 19 Feb 2012 6:01p.m.
By Annabelle Tukia
What appear to be human bones have emerged from old graves in a Christchurch cemetery.
The bones were discovered by a pair of women going for a walk this afternoon and the Christchurch City Council says it is the first case of human remains coming to the surface they have heard of since the earthquakes began.
Karen Brownlie and her friend Cass got the fright of their lives when they visited Bromley Cemetery this afternoon to look at earthquake damage to gravesites and found bones on the ground.
“I don’t know how many we found with bones poking out, about 10 or something,” says Cass who was so horrified that she rang the Police.
When the Police arrived they confirmed that they did indeed look like human bones that had been pushed to the surface due to the liquefaction process under the Eastern Suburbs cemetery.
“It’s pretty sad for relatives that haven’t been here for whatever reason and don’t know how bad it is, but it’s pretty dismal,” says Cass.
The cemetery, which is run by the Christchurch City Council, has been badly affected by the earthquake and a number of headstones have toppled over and grave sites caved in.
“Even before seeing bones, as I was walking along here just the devastation and whole state of the cemetery got my stomach churning actually,” says Ms Brownlie.
A council spokeswoman says they’ve had no reports of bones coming up through graves since the earthquakes but say they will have someone out to investigate first thing in the morning
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24/02/2012 12:42:33 p.m.
"Bones found in Christchurch cemetery" headline fail!
20/02/2012 5:21:13 p.m.
Why the great panic? It's a bone, not a whole skeleton with clothes etc. These ladies must be very easily frightened and to go strolling through an earthquake damaged cemetery just begs for something eerie. Boo!
20/02/2012 2:31:57 p.m.
Look at the image of the bone at 0:35, since when do human bones get neatly cut. Think you'll find this is some little practical joke someone thought up after a few drinks, put some old weathered sheep bones in a cemetery and see who falls for it. In this case as usual, the media.
20/02/2012 11:26:52 a.m.
oh no no we simply cannot look into this until monday, we will just leave to bones exposed to the public overnight/the weekend.... why is every council so useless.
20/02/2012 7:57:43 a.m.
Picture too graphic - my mother is buried there - were those her bones in the photo? Some respect of the dead and people's feeling may not go amiss - especially in a week when the trauma Christchurch is still going through is going to be raked over yet again.
20/02/2012 5:32:20 a.m.
@steve exactly, what a non-story!
19/02/2012 11:07:36 p.m.
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19/02/2012 10:23:21 p.m.
man, who would have guessed...
19/02/2012 6:45:42 p.m.
This is news? Bones found in a cemetery? How unusual. Sure they had worked their way to the surface but that is not unusual with liquifaction processes.
And the women went to find earthquake damage and were 'horrified' when they found it, calling the police! Goodness gracious, what a non-story!
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