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Skull Found Near Ames

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by Phil Prazan



A partial skull was found earlier this week in Ames.  This skull is causing more mystery than serious answers because police right now don't exactly know where it came from.
Ames Police Commander Geoff Huff has been on the phone a lot in the last day.  The original call came in at 8 p.m. Tuesday, when someone in Ames said she found the remains of a human skull near the pedestrian bridge over the Skunk River.

She found it inches from the river in this sandbar.

After that first call, Commander Huff has been taking a lot more phone calls.

There's two options really: ISU professor's have called saying there's been dig sites in the same area, so it could be remains from a time long past. Or it could be evidence in a crime not yet solved or even known about.

Commander Huff believes whatever it is, it came from up river, north of where it was found.

He waits to see what the forensic anthropologist thinks at the state medical examiner's office.
"It's not a full skull.  It's from about the middle of the orbit and back to the base of the skull.  So it's not the whole thing.  There's no jaw, there's no teeth," says Commander Huff.

He believes it's much older, but there's cold cases from that area including one from the late 1970s.

To be on the safe side, police did not release official pictures just in case it becomes evidence in some future case.

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