Russian Authorities Launch Probe After Sand With Human Bones Used to De-ice Highway

A human skull and other fragments of bone have been found scattered along a Russian highway, prompting an investigation from authorities.

Fragments of bones and a complete human skull were seen littering the surface of a road in Kirensk, Siberia, about 3,300 miles east of Moscow.

Photos posted to social media networks over the weekend showed eerie scenes of complete bones lying on the icy rural road.

"The road was covered with sand with bones and skulls. The hardest road to Hell," one man wrote over Twitter.

Municipal crews are believed to have used sand containing human bones as a de-icer.

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— Krychek (@Krychek5) November 15, 2020

The company involved in the work extracted the material from a site close to an old cemetery, according to a source familiar with the matter who spoke with Interfax.

"They took it [the sand] and did not check it. As a result, the bones were on the road, the source was quoted as saying. "The skull is old—probably about 100 years old. Now experts are studying it and other bones to establish the exact age and possible origin."

The Ministry of Internal Affairs in the region confirmed with the publication that the bones are human, adding that an investigation has been launched.

"The police are checking on the fact of the organization's actions: where, when and on what basis its employees took the sand," the ministry told RBC News, as translated by Google Translate.

The sand was reportedly taken from an area close to a Russian Civil War-era burial site.

"According to preliminary data, a logging enterprise took soil along Yakutskaya Street to fill the road at the request of the administration of the Kirensky district. According to unofficial information, these are fragments of old graves from the Civil War," an administration official told RBC.

The remains have since been removed, according to local sources.

In October, human remains were found in the yard of a Florida home belonging to the family of the infamous serial killer William "Billy" Mansfield.

Officers arrived at the Spring Hill property to arrest Mansfield's brother, Gary, on drug charges when—in a desperate bid to get immunity—the 63-year-old told cops there were bodies "all over" the house.

Hours later, forensic teams unearthed human remains on the property.

In early November, Newsweek reported how human remains were found near the U.K.'s Jaguar Land Rover car factory which could belong to a child killer's missing victims.

Bones were discovered on land off Damson Parkway, Solihull, near to where excavation work is being carried out to expand the car factory site.

Now speculation is rife that the remains could belong to missing schoolboys Patrick Warren and David Spencer, aged 11 and 13 respectively.

Dirt road
Municipal crews used sand containing human bones as a de-icer in the Siberian region of Irkutsk (file photo). Camille Delbos/Getty