Merced Express, June 10, 1932


Three human skeletons wee found Wednesday morning in an unused cellar under the Star Hotel building on the corner of Sixteenth and K streets in this city. The discovery was made by Joseph Soares, manager of the hotel, who had gone into the cellar to locate a sewer connection. Although Coroner Kylberg and Police Officers Dowst, who were notified of the find, are conducting an investigation, it is believed the skeletons, the skulls of two of which are missing, may have been used in research work by Dr. E. S. O’Brien, now a resident of San Francisco, who occupied officers in the hotel building many years ago.

Contributed by Thomas Hilk