OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — A mummified body, appearing to be a male, was found Wednesday by a construction crew carrying out renovations at the Kaiser Convention Center in Oakland, Calif.
“I was shocked. The mummified remains surprised me,” said Dorothy Lazard, former chief librarian of the Oakland History Center.
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office says the mummified remains mean the body was kept in the wall where it was found.
Investigators are working to identify the body with DNA and dental records, and say there is hope that the hands of this body have been preserved enough to be hydrated and the fingerprints can be taken.
“Whoever it is, I hope their mind is in the right place,” said Cynthia Obleton, a teacher at Laney College.
It’s unclear which wall the body was found in, but the convention center was built as the Oakland City Auditorium and has a long history of popular events.
Lazard actually graduated from high school in this building.
“James Brown performed there. The Grateful Dead have played it over 50 times. Elvis played there. There were political conferences,” she said.
The convention center was being renovated for use as a multipurpose space that could be used by artists and others in offices.
Now there are questions about the body that was found there, how it got there, when it got there and what exactly happened.
“It’s really alarming. I hope they can at least identify who was in that wall, who that person was and hopefully let their family know, but it’s quite scary,” said Nnamdi Ihenetu, an Oaklander.
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