Aussie outlaw Ned Kelly’s remains returned to familyBy AP News Aug 02, 2012 11:37AM UTC
SYDNEY (AP) — The skeleton of Australia’s most notorious criminal will finally be returned to his family — 132 years after he was executed.
Victoria state government officials said Thursday that Ned Kelly’s remains will be given to the outlaw’s descendants.
Kelly led a gang of bank robbers in Victoria in the 19th century and was hanged in 1880. The whereabouts of his corpse was unknown for decades. Last year, forensic scientists identified his skeleton after it was found in a mass grave on the site of a now-closed prison.
Kelly’s descendants wanted the remains returned to them so they could give Kelly a proper burial.
Ellen Hollow, great-granddaughter of Kelly’s sister Kate Kelly, says the family is pleased with the government’s decision.