“Suffice to say, no one was murdered in the last couple of years,” Clevenger said.
While officials have identified who the bones belonged to, how the bones ended up in the basement of a downtown Albany building where Gary Engelbrecht runs Fading Tradition barbershop remains a mystery.
The building housed a bank until 1965 and has been an insurance office, a consignment shop and an apartment in later years.
Engelbrecht discovered a bone in a basement vault shortly after he moved in about a year ago. He had entered the basement to check on a sump pump.
With 4-foot ceilings, standing water and a collapsed staircase, the basement looks like a scene from The Blair Witch Project.
“It was eerie,” Engelbrecht said.
Engelbrecht meant to tell authorities but forgot until he was cutting Clevenger’s hair around September.