The identity of the dead person found is currently unknown and authorities have sent DNA taken from the skeleton to a laboratory to be tested to determine who it could be
A human skeleton has been found at the bottom of a disused lift at a hospital in India that had not been opened for 24 years.
The mysterious find was discovered at the OPEC Hospital in the Kaili of Basti district in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh
Engineers were carrying out repair work on the lift at the hospital when the grim discovery was made on September 1.
The identity of the dead person found in the lift is currently unknown and authorities have sent DNA taken from the skeleton to a laboratory to be tested.
Police area also searching for people who were reported missing more than two decades ago.
The police are looking through missing persons reports from 24 years ago, according to local media outlet India Today, in a bid to identify the remains.
Construction work on the hospital began back in 1991 and the lift was operational until 1997 when it broke down, according to the police.
The lift had not been in use for many years but now 24 years later, bosses decided it was about time that it was repaired.
But when workers opened the lift up and had a look beneath it, they were in for a nasty surprise because that is where they found a human skeleton.
It is currently unclear how the person died and why their corpse was in the lift in the first place.
Police spokesperson Deependra Nath Choudhary said: “If any written complaint is given in the matter, we will register a case.
“At present, the police are investigating several angles. To solve the mystery of the male skeleton, 24 police stations in the district have been deployed.”
Authorities in India say the investigation is ongoing.
It comes after scientists found a collection of “beautifully preserved” bones in an underground desert cave.
Human skulls were found among the vast mound of animal remains buried deep below the ground in a remote area of Saudi Arabia.