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Human remains found in Bakersfield home

July 27, 2011 |  2:48 pm

Authorities are investigating human remains found by two sisters cleaning out their parents' Bakersfield home.

The women found the remains Sunday and initially threw them in a dumpster, believing them to be part of their father’s medical practice, officials said.

After discussing the discovery later, they decided to call the Kern County Sheriff’s Department.

Homicide detectives removed the remains, which authorities said “appear to be very old,” and gave them to the Kern County Coroner’s office.

The sisters said they were cleaning out the home because their parents were in Los Angeles area medical facilities.

The Sheriff’s Department did not release the names of the family members involved, but the Bakersfield Californian identified the owner of the home as Donald G. Nelson, 89, a former ophthalmologist.

Sheriff’s officials said an investigation was ongoing.

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