Bones may be remains of lost Japanese internee


** HOLD FOR STORY ** This undated image released by AMC shows a scene from “The Terror: Infamy.” The second season of an AMC-TV drama series scheduled to premiere Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, follows the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and a number of bizarre deaths haunting a Japanese American community. (Ed Araquel/AMC via AP)

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) – A human skeleton retrieved from California’s second-highest mountain this month may be the remains of a Japanese-American man who died in 1945 as part of a fishing party from the Manzanar internment camp.

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Department says that is among the possibilities being investigated after the bones were discovered Oct. 7 by two hikers.

One of the hikers spotted a bleached skull in the rocks on Mount Williamson and then uncovered the entire remains.

Matsumura’s fate is a footnote to the dark U.S. history chapter when more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans were herded into prison camps amid fear they would side with their ancestral homeland in the war.

Matsumara’s gravesite wasn’t mapped, so his final resting place has been a mystery that prompted some hikers to search for them.

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