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Unidentified Body found 1876

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Unidentified Body found 1876

Posted: 23 Jul 2013 10:41PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 23 Jul 2013 10:44PM GMT
Cherokee Herald (Cherokee Co. NC) Wednesday, March 29, 1876:

“Skeleton In The Tunnel---A gentleman, whose wife recently arrived home from a visit to Old Fort [Polk Co. TN], informs us that, one day last week, the skeleton of a man was found at the bottom of the shaft sunk in the main tunnel on the Western N.C. Railroad. From the surface to the bottom of the shaft the distance is about 130 feet, and when operations were commenced by the convict laborers the collection of water in it was supposed to be 100 feet deep. When the water was pumped out the skeleton was found lying at the bottom in the sediment, and near it was a tin snuff box. The skull, which was detached from the trunk, had a hole in it, which leads to the inference that the man was murdered and body thrown down the shaft to conceal the crime.”

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