Human skull found on school grounds Teens also find jaw at South River High

October 14, 1992|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer

Two South River High School students found a human skull in the woods about 75 yards behind the school football field Monday, county police said yesterday.

The skull and jaw, which was found lying about three feet away, were sent to the state medical examiner's office for possible identification, said Capt. Michael Fitzgibbons, commander of the Criminal Investigation Division.

He said doctors may be able to use the teeth remaining in the skull to compare with dental records for identification.

Frelenda Dacquisto of Davidsonville said yesterday that her son, Brian Butler, 16, stumbled across the skull as he and a friend sneaked out of school to smoke cigarettes.

"When they found it, the boys just ran out of there and went back to class," she said. "They didn't want to tell anyone they were back there smoking and had found it."

But later that afternoon, Brian told his mother. The two went back to the school, and he took her to the spot.

"I thought it was a rock," Ms. Dacquisto said. "But when I turned it over, I saw the eyeball sockets."

But even then, she thought it was just a replica of a skull, some sort of school science project that kids had left in the woods to scare people -- until she turned it over and saw the teeth.

"Replicas don't have teeth and cavities," Ms. Dacquisto said. "The molars were enormous."

Ms. Dacquisto said hair was still attached to the crown of the skull and the jaw was lying about three feet away. "The hair was either light brown or gray," she said. "It was hard to tell, it had been raining the day before and it was matted down."

She could see the fillings and cavities in the teeth. "I don't know where it could have come from," she said.

Police said they don't know, either. There are no cemeteries near the school, at state Route 2 and Central Avenue, and the area is well-developed.

"We don't know how long it has been there," Captain Fitzgibbons said, adding that a human body can decay at different rates, depending on weather conditions. "We don't know what happened to the rest of the remains either," he said. "Animals could have dragged the rest away."

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