WAKEFIELD (CBS) — A landscaper working in Wakefield discovered human bones Monday morning. The remains appeared to have been there for “an extended period of time,” according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

The landscaper found the “human bones, shoes and clothing under brush, behind a shed located behind a residence” on Lakeshore Drive around 10:25 a.m.

It is unclear who the person was or how they died, the D.A. said.

“The first thought was that it was an animal. He asked and when he saw the jaw, he said I think it’s a body. He called us, I came down, I took a look and I called the police,” a man at the scene told WBZ-TV.

Mass. State Police, Wakefield Police, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are investigating.

Police said human remains were found behind a shed on Lakeshore Drive in Wakefield Monday (WBZ-TV)

The property where the bones were found was sold last month. Homeowner Patrick Sautier was having some work done before he moved in.  “I’m waiting for the police to give me a full report,” he said.

According to neighbor Madeline Donnelly, the previous owner moved out a few years ago.

“She rented to a sober house and there was a young man living there and a couple of girls too. I used to see them go by there for a walk in the afternoon,” Donnelly said.

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