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IKEA Construction Stops When Workers Find Human Body

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Don't worry, workers didn't find the body in the spot where the IKEA store will go.
Construction workers had to stop bulldozing and call in homicide detectives after finding human bones near the site of St. Louis' future IKEA store.

Luckily, there wasn't any foul play. Rather, the human remains were most likely buried when the land was still the old Rock Springs Cemetery back in the mid-1800s.

See also: St. Louis IKEA Begins Construction: "It's Full Steam Ahead to Fall 2015"

Officials will x-ray the land to check for more graves, says Maggie Crane, spokeswoman for Mayor Francis Slay, to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

It's not immediately clear whether the newly found dead body will delay or otherwise affect construction on the IKEA store, which is scheduled to open in fall 2015.

Crews dug up the human remains and will rebury them at Calvary Cemetery, which has its own section for bodies discovered in the old Rock Springs Cemetery, the St. Louis Archdiocese tells the Post-Dispatch. The archdiocese says it likely won't be able to identify the remains since records don't reach that far back.

For those of you worried about IKEA being haunted by the ghost of the unearthed body, there's no need to fear. Crews unearthed the remains a block away from the official store site while bulldozing to create roads for construction on land owned by Metro, according to the Post-Dispatch.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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54 comments
Rachelle L'Ecuyer
Rachelle L'Ecuyer

Are they sure it isn't just some of the people who have been waiting FOREVER for IKEA to open in St. Louis.

Tony Dugas
Tony Dugas

Yeah, but the ghosts will have names like"Snerkstgyrklullen"

Krista Lopez
Krista Lopez

I'll let you know Jasmine Alepra-Abernathy

spelllivebackward
spelllivebackward

"unearthed the remains... on land owned by Metro"

Haunted light-rail is way more terrifying than a haunted IKEA. I mean that ghost could get off ANYWHERE

Tom Grigsby
Tom Grigsby

Think about all the college kids who will buy furniture there year round :)

DM Meyr
DM Meyr

Are they sure it's not a customer who just became disorientated, and then lost in IKEA's never ending maze of a store?

John Skaggs
John Skaggs

This reminds me of when they were building the Fedex Forum in Memphis. They found a bunch of dead bodies and several old rifles.

Pwnzorrz
Pwnzorrz

The ground is sour. The soil in a man's heart is stonier. 

Jason Yeager
Jason Yeager

That's about when I put down the Allen wrench and stop constructing my Birgoot rocking chair...

ddecember
ddecember

There is no requirement to move graves. They must only move the headstone and a shovel full of dirt. Odds are that is what happened in the past. The gravestone is probably in another graveyard.

Darla Cook
Darla Cook

There is no requirement to move graves. They must only move the headstone and a shovel full of dirt. Odds are that is what happened in the past. The gravestone is probably in another graveyard.

Sylvio Roberts
Sylvio Roberts

They built their store in the 1990s in the SF Bay Area in emeryville, CA on ancient Indian burial ground

Narayan Nayar
Narayan Nayar

I'd love to see Ikea assembly instructions for reanimating a corpse.

Dan Carthen
Dan Carthen

Was it black cemetery? If so...that's racist! #seewhatididthere

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Time will tell just a prediction. I've been wrong before lol. Won't be the first time. :)

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

He was dying to shop at IKEA....welcome to STL ....bodies everywhere

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Given the location aka neighborhood. Won't matter it will close three years after it opens. My prediction.

Tracy R May-Scalf
Tracy R May-Scalf

don't you hate it when that happens....can't even dig a hole around here....

Jason M Parker
Jason M Parker

Theres white and black people ghosts, then theres Asian ghosts.....then there is native america Indian ghosts. And the latter doesnt mess around.

Kate Endicott
Kate Endicott

The merging of my two favorite things: poltergeist and ikea. This better get fixed because I have a shopping list!

Seán Collins
Seán Collins

Like a meatball-hunting zombie can't walk a block to the store!

Becky Ladd
Becky Ladd

It won't stop me from wasting all of my money there.

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