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Lee County Unidentified; Saltillo
Topic Started: Apr 16 2018, 09:19 PM (42 Views)
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SALTILLO An employee at a Highway 145 business found part of a human skull behind the strip center in Saltillo this weekend.

"An employee at K's Tobacco walked around the back of the building and came up on a skull," said Saltillo Police Chief Grant Bailey. "He called 911 and we responded.

"We brought in the Lee County Sheriff's Office to help and they did a sweep of the area to make sure there weren't any other bones."

The discovery was made around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Authorities searched until dark Saturday and came back for another four hours on Sunday. The searches revealed no additional remains.

Bailey said only the top part of the skull was found. The crown of the skull and one eye socket are intact. But the nose and mouth area are missing.

"There were no teeth and no tissue on the skull," Bailey said. "This is not something we deal with on a regular basis, so I couldn't tell if it was 5-years-old or 50-years-old."

Officials hope the state crime lab in Pearl will be able to give them more information. Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green took the skull to Pearl Monday morning.

"Hopefully, they will be able to tell us a sex, approximate age and about how long it was out in the elements to get to this state," Green said. "A doctor down there told me they should be able to get some DNA from the bone. That would be helpful for comparing to possible family members."

The Saltillo Police Department currently has no missing person cases.

Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said this case is completely different from the skeletal remains found off a field road east of Saltillo in the spring of 2017.
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