Native American Remains of Unknown Age Discovered During Residential Construction Project Near Royal Couple's Mansion
June 16, 2021
MONTECITO, Calif. - Skeletal remains of a Native American man which may belong to a long-ago member of the Chumash tribe were discovered by landscapers who called deputies from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office around 5:12 p.m on May 24.
The sheriff's office said the deputies responded to a report of human remains at the 800-block on Riven River Road "found while workers were digging a trench for a residential construction project." The Santa Barbara News-Press reported that the sheriff's Public Information Officer confirmed the remains were found 1 street away from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's $14 million mansion but were not actually on the royals' property.
Coroner's detectives observed that "the bones appeared to be from a non-recent death, were yellowing and in a state of decomposition and deterioration" and that the type of wear on the teeth suggested "a much rougher diet that would cause that type of wear, similar to Native Americans," according to the sheriff's office.