The eerie congruence wasn't likely lost on Texas resident Deedee Oliveira.
Her new home in Mission sits on Elm Street — and Halloween is fast approaching.
"It's just a crazy story," she told KGBT-TV.
Oliveira was having some renovations done to her property when workers hit a hard object underground in her backyard Tuesday morning.
"They called, and they let my dad know first that they found a box," Oliveira told the station. "And so my dad said, 'OK, we'll move the box later so you can finish.'"
But it didn't turn out to be your garden-variety container — instead an old, rusted coffin about 4 feet long was photographed dangling from a digging machine, KGBT reported.
"I'm like, 'A coffin? What do you mean a coffin?'" Olivera told the station. "I can't even explain it, it was huge, it had the handles. It was really rusted, and it had bags wrapped around it."
Authorities stepped in to investigate, including detectives and a special crime unit, and what the new Elm Street resident was hearing didn't sound good.
"They had seen little booties and pink little bears and then one of the guys said that he had seen bones," Oliveira told KGBT.
Then she spoke to a neighbor who knew the previous homeowners, and Oliveira was told they indeed had a funeral — perhaps as many as 30 years ago — for a pet.
"But it was for a cocker spaniel and those are pretty small dogs," Oliveira told the station. "We were like, 'Wait, a dog can't possibly be in that large coffin.'"
However, the neighbor's memory was on the money. Canine bones were found inside the coffin along with pictures of a dog, KGBT reported.
What's more, the coffin was buried next to a tool box containing cat bones.
"Thank God it was a dog and not human remains," Oliveira said, "if not I think I would've gone crazy."
She told the station that the coffin and its contents were taken away by the city.
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