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OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — A full skeleton recently found in the basement of an abandoned hospital in Ottumwa has been determined as that of a homeless man who lived decades ago.
The Ottumwa Courier reports (http://bit.ly/Zu2z9n) that the skeleton, dubbed "Mr. Bones," had originally been used by the University of Iowa College of Medicine as a cadaver in classes.
Jackie Moll graduated from St. Joe's in 1962 and is now chairwoman of the St. Joseph's Hospital Schools of Nursing and X-Ray Alumni.
Moll says she doesn't know when then 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 say further identification is impossible.
Information from: The Ottumwa Courier, http://www.ottumwacourier.com