Construction Stops After Grave Unearthed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BENTON, Ky. (AP) — Crews have stopped construction at a western Kentucky art center after the grave of an infant was unearthed.

The Paducah Sun reports the deteriorated wooden box was discovered Wednesday as crews excavated an area for a parking lot at the Community Children's Art Center in Benton.

Marshall County Coroner Mitchell Lee, who was called to investigate, estimated that the coffin dates to 1888.

It was unclear how the discovery would affect plans for the site and whether the remains would be relocated.

Benton City Attorney Martin Johnson said there was some evidence that the land may have been used as a cemetery in the past.

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