In yet another reminder of the Richmond District’s morbid past, a construction crew unearthed the casket of a small girl while renovating a home near Rossi Park last week.
The casket was found underneath the garage of the home, which belongs to Ericka Karner, who grew up there.
Officials believe the casket is a leftover from the former Odd Fellows Cemetery which was located where Rossi Park now is. The city began dismantling the cemetery in 1933 and remains were moved to Colma.
But not all of them made the transition, and on occasion, remains are found around the area during construction projects.
Karner wanted to re-bury the casket of the girl, who has been named “Miranda” since there are no identifying marks on the casket. But the city told her she couldn’t get a burial permit without a death certificate.
“And we couldn’t get one,” Karner said. “So that put us in a position of unfortunately having this individual in our backyard and feeling awful as a mom knowing this is a small child,” she told KPIX-5.
An organization called Garden of Innocence, which provides burials for abandoned children, has stepped in to help Karner with the re-burial.