Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale


February 26, 1993

Man uncovers part of skull while feeding swans in bay

It was low tide early yesterday when A. Eugene Miller decided to wade a little farther than normal into Herring Bay to feed the swans that flock near his waterfront home.

And there, half-stuck in the mud that usually is covered by water, he found what is believed to be a human jawbone wedged between two red bricks.

"We've had a lot of storms here recently," said Mr. Miller, who found the remains about 8:15 a.m. "It was one of those things that you could go right by and not notice it. I've walked by there before and never noticed it."

Anne Arundel County police went to the home in the 6400 block of Weems Ave. and retrieved the skull section, which was partially frozen and had only five front teeth. The bone fragment will be turned over to the Medical Examiner's Office for further testing.

Police said yesterday it is impossible without testing to determine where the jawbone came from or how it ended up on the beach. The report said it appears the bone had been there for a long time because barnacles had formed.

Authorities searched the area, but found no other remains, police said.

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