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LEFLORE COUNTY, Okla. – A family in Oklahoma found a coffin with a real human skeleton inside of it in their barn Jan. 30, deputies say.

Authorities were called to the property to examine the human remains, KFSM reported. The skeleton was sent to a medical examiner’s office for identification.

The skeleton is around 100 years old, according to Deputy Rebecca Hendrix with the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office, who tracked down the original property owner.

The owner said the skeleton was one of two he originally located in a run-down building that previously belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. When the previous owner of the barn bought the building 15 years ago, he found them there. The Odd Fellows lodge, which closed in the 1960’s, had the skeletons originally.

The former property owner then told her that he loaned one skeleton to a friend for a Halloween prank and never got it back. He put the other in the barn and forgot about it, Hendrix said.

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is a fraternal organization focuses on charitable works that was active in LeFlore County in the early 1900s.

The skeleton, fused with wires, already had an autopsy performed on it, Hendrix said.

Once the skeleton is back in the possession of the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office, Hendrix said she wants to raise funds for a proper burial. She is attempting to track down the second skeleton for the same reason.

Hendrix said she thought the skeleton was either a body donated for science or an actual member of the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows who donated his or her body to be used in ceremonies.

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