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PHOENIX -- Authorities have recovered human bones from a south Phoenix storm drain after workers on a cleaning crew spotted them at the bottom of an access shaft.

Maricopa County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Brandon Jones said workers spotted what appeared to be human remains early Wednesday. Officials had to wait until about 9 a.m. before fire crews determined the air was safe for homicide detectives to climb down about 30 feet to the bottom of the drain.

Jones said detectives did not recover an entire skeleton and planned to re-enter the drain to search for more bones.

He said detectives doubt the person accidentally ended up in the drain.

Associated Press,

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