The remains are ‘very old’ and appeared to belong to a young adult (Picture: Backgrid)
The bones were dug up on May 24 in a road in Montecito, LA during landscaping work, a Santa Barbara Sheriff’s office spokesperson said.
They added the remains were ‘very old’ and appeared to belong to a young adult.
It is believed it may be the body of a Native American, as the Chumash people have deep roots in the area going back almost 11,000 years.
The bones were found around three feet deep during construction.
The work has been paused while a forensic anthropologist investigates and the local Native American commission helps decide the next steps.
Officials could not confirm whether the bones are Chumash in origin, but the spokesperson said it was likely, ‘because we live in that area.’
They added: ‘Until we have an official opinion from the forensic anthropologist we’re not going to be saying one way or the other.’
The work has been paused while a forensic anthropologist investigates (Picture: Getty Images)
The couple purchased the mansion for £11 million from Russian businessman Sergey Grishin in June 2020.
The Russian bought it for around £18 million in 2009, and tried to sell the home for years for £24 million before finally taking a loss on the property.
There has been speculation over how much it costs to maintain, with estimates that it could be as high as £3 million per year through mortgage payments, property taxes, staff, utilities and security.
The swanky Santa Barbara neighbourhood is also home to several celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres.
But the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s move to the area has apparently not been plain sailing after an intruder was apparently caught on the couple’s property twice over Christmas.
Nickolas Brooks, 37, trespassed at the multi-million mansion where the royals live with their one-year-old son Archie, according to law enforcement sources quoted by TMZ.
After the first intrusion, on Christmas Eve, he was apparently let off with a warning. But he came back on Boxing Day and was arrested, then charged with one count of misdemeanor trespassing.
Other sources told the tabloid Brooks had driven all the way from Ohio – 2,400 miles – to get to the Sussexes’ home.
The police were also called nine times to the couple’s home in as many months, it was recently revealed.
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