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Skeletal Remains Found Under Home Could be Decades Old

EAST GREENBUSH -- A contractor working on a home along Michael Road discovered decades-old human remains in a crawl space while working on a renovation.  A high school history report indicates a woman may have disappeared from the same home 75 years ago.

The homeowner brought the remains to police, who determined they were human and opened an investigation. Officers spent Wednesday afternoon sifting through dirt in the 18-inch crawlspace to find additional bones.

Police said the coroner confirmed the bones were decades-old, but was unable to immediately determine an exact age or gender.

A report likely written in the 1960s by a ninth grade student on the history of Michael Road indicates William Karl Bodo Elleke purchased the property in 1935. The paper also states Elleke added his unidentified wifes name to the title in 1938 before returning to his native-Germany during World War II. His wife supposedly stayed behind, but the paper indicates she may have disappeared and says the FBI was rumored to be investigating.

It's interesting and right now it's a complete mystery so what we'll do right now is gather all the evidence we can from this scene, confer with some anthropologists and we'll take it from there. Maybe we'll come up with an answer, maybe not, said Det. Sgt. Matt Breig with the East Greenbush Police Dept.

Breig contacted the FBI for assistance Wednesday, but so far has not heard back. Officers plan to return to the home on Thursday to continue searching for remains.

There's just a complete lack of evidence or leads or clues to follow. From what we have, we couldn't tell male or female right now, said Breig. So we'll follow the one clue [the report] we have right now and see where it takes us.