Century-old coffin holding young girl's remains found under California garage

Workers remodeling a home in San Francisco made a stunning discovery under the garage: a small coffin holding the remains of a young girl, Fox 2 reported Wednesday.

The coffin may have been there since the 1870s, according to the news station. Records showed the property used to be part of a cemetery, but other caskets were moved a century ago.

Worker Kevin Boylan said he was shocked that the remains inside were so well-preserved. "All the hair was still there. The nails were there. That was a giveaway. There were flowers — roses, still on the child's body. It was a sight to see." The girl reportedly was just three years old.

Boylan told Fox 2 the homeowner, Ericka Karner, was out of town at the time. When she heard about the discovery, she said she was torn. "On one hand, slightly creepy. And then also, you know, sad. The next thing was...now what do we do?"

Under city policy, the coffin was her responsibility, she said. So Karner reached out to Garden of Innocence, a group that arranges for burials of unidentified children.

"This little one has no voice. So we need to give her a voice," the group's founder, Elissa Davey, told Fox 2.

Karner had few clues about the girl and may never learn her full story. She named the child Miranda.

Workers reportedly moved the casket to refrigerated storage and plan to hold a new burial next month in nearby Colma.

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