A human skeleton has been found in an unused building at the University of California, Berkeley, police said last week.
In a statement to CNN, police said that “skeletonized” human remains had been discovered “in a building which has not been occupied for many years” on the school’s Clark Kerr Campus, which is a mile away from the main campus. The unused building is a residential hall complex and event space in an area described by the university as “a mini-neighborhood with Spanish mission-style architecture, tree-lined courtyards and access to nature and hiking trails.”
“It is not clear how many years they have been there,” police said in the statement to reporters. “There are no outstanding cases of missing individuals from the campus community.”
Police also said the Alameda County Coroner’s Office has opened its own investigation into the remains and that no cause of death has been determined yet.
“We understand that there are many questions and we anticipate that the coroner’s report will provide additional information,” police said in their statement, according to CNN. “We do not anticipate this investigation will disrupt resident activities at the Clark Kerr Campus.”
UC Berkeley currently enrolls 32,143 undergraduate students as of the fall of 2021, according to U.S. News & World Report, and another 13,292 graduate students.