If there was a real skeleton, there was a real crime.
It certainly does nothing to make the skeleton look more realistic.
She described the skeleton as gross, with dead stuff clinging to some of the bones.
He rose to leave and then added, Whatever the age of that skeleton, the facts still remain that someone swapped the bones, someone stole the finger and 'metalman29' was offering an inflated price for the mine.
A pretend skeleton someone put there to scare you?