Human remains found in New York City yard may date back to the 1970s: Source

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Human remains uncovered in a New York City backyard on Tuesday may be related to a death dated back to the 1970s, according to a source, who cited a tip to detectives.

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The tipster, an unidentified woman who used to live at the home, told authorities that one night in the 1970s she awoke in middle of the night and saw her mother’s boyfriend cutting up a body and putting it in bags, according to a police source.

PHOTO: Human remains were uncovered in a Queens, N.Y., backyard, March 12, 2019.WABC
Human remains were uncovered in a Queens, N.Y., backyard, March 12, 2019.

Police found the human skeletal remains in the back of a home in Richmond Hill, Queens around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the New York Police Department.

Police found two bags containing bones, according to the source.

PHOTO: Human remains were uncovered in a Queens, N.Y., backyard, March 12, 2019.WABC
Human remains were uncovered in a Queens, N.Y., backyard, March 12, 2019.
PHOTO: Human remains were uncovered in a Queens, N.Y., backyard, March 12, 2019.WABC
Human remains were uncovered in a Queens, N.Y., backyard, March 12, 2019.

The remains have not been identified, police said.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death, according to police.