Renovators Stumble Upon 120-Year-Old Casket

| by Sheena Vasani
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Construction workers renovating a house in San Francisco, California, stumbled upon a mysterious box that turned out to be a 120-year-old casket containing the body of a young girl.

“He said, ‘Do you have any idea what this is? We think it’s a casket,’” the worker asked homeowner Ericka Karner, reports KPIX. Karner was in Idaho while the work was being done.

The casket belonged to a little girl whose name remains unknown, so Karner has nicknamed her “Miranda.”

Officials say they believe “Miranda” was left behind after the Odd Fellows cemetery moved away from that part of San Francisco in the 1930s.

Authorities back then ordered all of the bodies be shoveled out and buried elsewhere, but some -- like Miranda -- were accidentally left behind.

Karner says she tried asking the city for a death certificate so she could get the burial permit to give the child’s body a proper resting place.

“And we couldn’t get one,” Karner said. “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.”

Now the organization, Garden of Innocence -- which provides burials for children who are unidentified -- is trying to help figure out the child’s identity. The organization hopes to bury her by the summer of 2016.

The house is just one of many hiding unusual finds.

In April 2016, house owners in France stumbled upon what's thought to be a rare Caravaggio painting in their attic worth $137 million, Reuters reports.

"They had to go through the attic and break a door which they had never opened ... They broke the door and behind it was that picture. It's really incredible," art expert Eric Turquin said.

Many experts almost immediately recognized it as being by 17th century Renaissance painter Caravaggio.

"A painter is like us he has tics, and you have all the tics of Caravaggio in this. Not all of them, but many of them -- enough to be sure that this is the hand, this is the writing of this great artist," Turquin added.

The painting was found in extremely good condition. French authorities banned it from leaving the country at the time, stating it was of "great artistic value, that could be identified as a lost painting by Caravaggio".

Sources: KPIX, Reuters / Photo credit: Erika Karner via KPIX via

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