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​Man Who Dug Up Skeleton In Childhood Finds Out It's His Father

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​Man Who Dug Up Skeleton In Childhood Finds Out It's His Father

A man who discovered a skeleton under the basement of a house in Long Island, New York has found out the remains are those of his father - who went missing 57 years ago.

Michael Carroll, 57, stumbled across the human remains with his two grandchildren while excavating the basement of the home in Lake Grove.

His father, George Carroll, had gone missing back in 1961, six years after the family had bought their home. Michael was just eight months old at the time, and was simply told his dad had left 'to do something' - however, he never returned.

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Michael started excavating the basement several years ago, but the process then became too dangerous and he was forced to stop.

However, it recently resumed - which was when he found the human remains, which authorities have now confirmed are those of George.

"It didn't just come up overnight, it's something that's been talked about for years," he told ABC's Eyewitness News.

"This is something as we grew up, you know. We heard multiple stories."

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Michael's brother Steven, who was five when George went missing, added: "There really wasn't much talk about it. But we became curious as adults as to where he might be."

Steven explained the family had consulted psychics and interviewed many people from the neighbourhood to try and find out more about George's whereabouts, but it wasn't until they became adults that they were able to ramp up the search.

Michael Carroll. Credit: ABC
Michael Carroll. Credit: ABC

The remains were apparently found around cement walls, around six to eight feet down.

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But Michael said he wasn't surprised when he discovered them, having always believed George was down in the basement somewhere.

"In my mind, I always felt that I was going to find that," he said.

"I'm glad this is over and I don't have to break up my house anymore."

Steven added: "I feel great that my dad is free from that crappy hole."

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Michael and Steven also have two sisters, who were 7 and 9 when their father disappeared.

George's death is now being investigated as potential homicide, although Michael has said that merely finding his dad's body after all these years acts as enough closure.

"There will be no justice," he told the New York Post.

"The justice happened when we dug him up because we just interrupted the perfect crime - they almost got away with this."

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Topics: News, US News

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