Coroner says Indiana barbershop bones are ancient

Albany, Indiana (AP) 5-09

A coroner says bones found the basement of a small town barbershop in eastern Indiana are those of prehistoric American Indians, but how the bones got there is unknown.

Gary Engelbrecht discovered the bones in a basement vault when he opened his Fading Tradition barbershop about a year ago in Albany, about 10 miles northeast of Muncie.

But he forgot about them until last September when Delaware County Coroner Jim Clevenger came in for a haircut.

Engelbrecht mentioned the bones to Clevenger, who investigated. About 125 bone fragments were found in a deteriorating cardboard box. An anthropologist determined that they were from three prehistoric native Americans.

Engelbrecht says the barbershop building had various uses through the years.