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Ack! Mummified Body Found Inside Wall of Old Oakland Convention Center

Construction workers tearing down walls at Oakland’s long-defunct Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center made a gruesome discovery Wednesday: a mummified corpse of undetermined age or gender.

We’ll likely be hearing a lot about this story over the next few days as surprising bodies that no one can identify make good headlines and TV news.

The mummified remains could be decades old, or at least since the last wall movement inside. as KPIX reportsthe Alameda County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the presence of the human remains, and the county coroner was at the scene Thursday evening.

Sergeant Ray Kelly, the spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said the Chronicle that the body had probably been in there “for many years” and that it had been partially “preserved” in the wall. Kelly went further with his explanation, saying, “Under ideal conditions, a body hardens and becomes like leather, resembling a mummy.”

The builders who found the body are with Orton Development, Inc. Orton plans to rehabilitate the old convention center and repurpose it as a venue, and will lease it back from the city — the City of Oakland has an exclusive agreement with her that Orton is coming up with Back in 2015 and this project should start in 2020.

The building, which sits next to Lake Merritt, was built in 1914 but closed as a venue in 2005.

As Wikipedia notes, the building was used as a makeshift hospital during the 1918-19 flu pandemic. The town was home to roller derby in the 1950s and 60s and on December 28th 1962 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. there in front of an audience of 7,000 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. It was also a regular venue for the Grateful Dead from the late 1960s through the 1980s.

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