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Casket found under CA home could be 120 years old

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Casket found under CA home could be 120 years old Some construction workers made a disturbing discovery in San Francisco. They found a child's casket that's believed to be 120 years old. A San Francisco homeowner was having her childhood home near Rossi Park renovated when contractors stumbled onto a very unusual sight under the garage. "He said do you have any idea what this is? We think it's a casket," homeowner Ericka Karner said. Karner is living in Idaho while the work is being done. She said via Skype it's the casket of a little girl believed to have been buried 120 years ago. There are no identifying marks, so they decided to nickname her Miranda. Officials believe Miranda was left behind when the Odd Fellows Cemetery moved away. The Columbarium near Geary and Arguello is all that's left of that burial ground. Back in the 1930s, the rest of the Odd Fellows Cemetery went to Colma. That's because the city ordered every burial ground in San Francisco to be dug up and all the bodies moved. But some were accidentally left behind. And every now and then turn up in residential construction. Ericka says the city won't reclaim the body. So she wanted to re-bury Miranda, but then the city told her she couldn't get a burial permit without a death certificate. "And we couldn't get one, so that put us in a position of unfortunately having this individual in our backyard and feeling awful as a mom knowing this is a small child,” Karner said.