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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Did Santa Die in Cali?

With so few missing persons' DNA and dental records on-file, investigators say they may never discover the identity of a man whose skeleton was found inside the chimney of a long-abandoned home in Fontana, California this week.

The man is believed to have been about 54, though certainly over 45, with black hair. He would have been between 5'5 and 5'8. He appears to have gotten stuck in the chimney (possibly trying to break-in for shelter) sometime in 2007 or 2008. The skeleton was in good condition because it was preserved from the elements and wild animals in the enclosed space. However, that doesn't give investigators many clues as to the man's identity. All they have to go on now is the sweatshirt he wore, which said "New York."

The skeleton was found Monday by workers renovating the home which went into foreclosure over three years ago. It did not appear foul play was involved.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

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