Altar containing human bones found in Pasadena back yard

PASADENA — Police detectives and coroner’s officials are investigating after the discovery of an apparent altar of some kind containing bones, including a human skull, in a Pasadena back yard.
Officers were summoned to the 800 block of North Oakland Avenue about 12:50 p.m. Saturday after a resident reported a possible trespasser, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
The trespasser was not found, though officers encountered and arrested man not believed related to the trespassing due to outstanding warrants, the lieutenant said.
While searching over the area, however, officers did find “some type of makeshift altar” in a residential back yard, Clawson.
The pile of items was comprised of sticks, candles, incense, burned artifacts, animal bones, human bones and a human skull.
The bones were were collected by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner for examination, coroner’s Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said. An anthropologist was expected to examine them Monday.
It was not clear of the altar was left behind by the reported trespasser.

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