Human remains found at a construction site for the OC Streetcar project nearly a week ago were determined to be from someone of Native American heritage and are more than a century old, authorities said Tuesday.

The bones appear to be from a female, Orange County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dennis Breckner said.

The remains will be turned over to the Native American Heritage Commission, which will work to ensure a proper burial, he said.

The bones were found Wednesday morning in the 2000 block of West Fifth Street in a former scrap yard that workers were converting to a maintenance yard for the project, Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

Before the property was a scrap yard, it was the site of homes, Bertagna said.

The OC Streetcar is an electric-powered light-rail line planned for the cities of Santa Ana and Garden Grove.


By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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