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Coroner: no body in Harrisburg backyard

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No human remains were found after a two-day search of a Harrisburg backyard, according to Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick. 

Hetrick said his office began digging up a backyard on the 1600 block of South Market Street Monday morning. The search was prompted by a tip from a woman in her 20's who said she saw someone bury a body there when she was 4 years old.

Harrisburg police had information in addition to the tip that they believe made it credible, Hetrick said. He wouldn't elaborate on who police might be looking for.

The city will have to pay the cost of the backhoe and tree removal, Hetrick said. It is not yet clear how high the bill will be. 

Harrisburg Police Chief Pierre Ritter previously said there are no missing persons cases in the city from that time period related to the tip. Regardless, Hetrick said he was taking the tip seriously as it could be linked to cases in other counties or states.

Harrisburg police, Dauphin County Detectives and the Dauphin County Coroner searched the yard from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday. They resumed the search Tuesday morning and ended around 4 p.m.

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