Bones unearthed in Auburn backyard are those of long-dead inmates

Like a lot of new homeowners, Eric Johnson II had ambitious plans when he moved into his tidy beige house this summer. He envisioned a swing set in back for his 2-year-old son, and a detached garage.

But when he and his father started leveling the ground and removing shrubs this summer, they made an unexpected and macabre discovery. “I said, ‘You better take a look,’” recalled Mr. Johnson’s father. “I was moving dirt around and I looked down and there were bones sticking out of the ground.”

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