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The part was wedged between the rear of 51 Park Place and the rear of the building behind it, 50 Murray Street, in lower Manhattan, police say.
The NYPD is securing the location as it would a crime scene, documenting it photographically and restricting access until the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner completes its health and safety evaluation protocol.
A decision will then be made concerning sifting the soil for possible human remains. The aircraft part will not be removed until the process is completed, at which point it will secured by the NYPD Property Clerk. The part includes a clearly visible Boeing identification number.
The investigation began after surveyors hired by the property owner who were inspecting the rear of 51 Park Place on Wednesday called 911 at approximately 11 a.m. to report what they identified as apparent damaged machinery behind the building there.