OTTUMWA — It has been determined that a full skeleton found in the basement of an abandoned hospital in Ottumwa recently is that of a homeless man who lived decades ago.
The skeleton dubbed "Mr. Bones" originally was used by the University of Iowa College of Medicine as a cadaver in classes.
Jackie Moll graduated from St. Joseph's Hospital in 1962 and is now chairwoman of the hospital's Schools of Nursing and X-Ray alumni organization. She said she doesn't know when the skeleton came to the school, but that at least one graduate remembers it from her freshman year in 1943.
An orthopedic surgeon has confirmed that Mr. Bones was a man and was in his mid-80s when he died. Officials said further identification is impossible. — AP
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