As they say, there are still a lot of things left undiscovered beyond what our eyes can see. Well, that includes things underneath the ground and deep below the sea!
Construction workers in San Francisco, California were all shocked after discovering a coffin underneath a concrete floor inside the home they are renovating.
According to Rachfeed, Ericka Karner had asked some workers to renovate her house but what they will later find out is way more than just what they can see on the surface. The group discovered a coffin beneath the concrete floor.
They became even more curious as to how long it has been since the poor girl was left under the ground. They also wondered if she was given a name, which was why they first called her “Miranda.”
Soon, they started seeking help to identify the poor girl and somehow if, given the chance, they can return her to her family and give the child a proper farewell. A non-profit organization called Garden of Innocence was the one who helped out Ericka.
According to Mercury News, the group later identified her as Edith Howard Cook, a child who was 2 years and 10 months old after poring over various records for over a year. Based on history records held by the Garden of Innocence, it was revealed that this child died of malnourishment on October 13, 1876.
It was also revealed that the land where Ericka’s home now stands used to be a cemetery. In the 1930s, the cemetery was relocated and the bodies were moved to the new location but it turned out Edith’s tomb was overlooked.
To further confirm the child’s identity, the organization requested Peter Cook, identified on record as the girl’s grandnephew, to undergo a DNA test. The results came positive.
This discovery led to a lot of people pitying Edith that the organization was able to raise donations amounting to $10,000 to give Edith a proper burial.