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Construction workers made a shocking discovery while doing excavation for a home remodeling project in San Francisco.

While digging about three-feet beneath the home's garage, their shovels struck something hard and metal. It was a small coffin.

The unnerved workers called a medical examiner, who had the casket opened. Inside was the well-preserved body of a little girl, estimated to be about three years old, and buried since perhaps the 1870s.

"All the hair was still there," construction worker Kevin Boylan told KTVU. "The nails were there. That was a giveaway. There were flowers -- roses, still on the child's body. It was a sight to see."

Historical records show the home sits on what was once a cemetery. The little girl's coffin apparently was neglected during the relocation of the graves to the town of Colma.

To the homeowner's shock, she was told that the girl's body was not the city's problem. So, she contacted an organization that handles burials of unidentified children.

"This little one has no voice. So we need to give her a voice" said Elissa Davey of the Garden of Innocence. There will be a graveside service for her next month in Colma.


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