A development crew found what authorities described Wednesday as a mummified physique within the wall of a historic constructing present process a transform in Oakland.
Deputies had been dispatched to the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, close to town’s downtown, after a employee observed what seemed to be a human physique in a wall that was being deconstructed, Lt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office mentioned.
“We found remains best described as mummified,” he mentioned. “The conditions in the walls were such that the body was preserved in good conditions.”
Authorities plan on acquiring fingerprints to find out who the individual is, how they received there and the way lengthy they have been there, Kelly mentioned.
“Any theory is possible,” he mentioned. “It could be anything from someone who got in behind the wall and became trapped and died to someone put the person there. God only knows.”
The conference middle, named for the ship-building industrialist who later based what turned one of many nation’s largest medical insurance corporations, Kaiser Permanente, opened in 1914 and was shuttered practically a century later.
A redevelopment venture authorised in 2015 is popping the positioning right into a mixed-use performing arts venue.