Pathologists to seek identity of found skull

July 14, 1994|By From Staff Reports

The human skull found by two Baltimore County men Tuesday near the Liberty Reservoir is at the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore, where forensic pathologists will try to determine its identity.

State police Trooper First Class John Wisniewski said yesterday that police are treating the area where the skull was found as "a crime scene," but he speculated that it will be difficult -- if not impossible -- to determine how the skull got to the patch of dirt near the reservoir in Eldersburg.

Police were to continue combing the area for more clues today, Trooper Wisniewski said.

Tom Crouse of Owings Mills and Troy Winburn of Reisterstown were set to go fishing Tuesday afternoon when they noticed a plastic grocery bag buried in a few inches of soil, Trooper Wisniewski said.

"I knew it wasn't a rock," said Mr. Winburn. "I figured it was a dog or a deer skull."

The skull was broken into two pieces, well-weathered and wearing a leather headband. The trooper said the skull was enclosed in a Super Fresh grocery bag. The bag's design, he said, hasn't been used by the grocery chain for "five or six years."

The medical examiner's office might be able to determine the race and approximate age of the skull.

Should that office not be able to make a determination of who the skull belonged to, it might be sent to the Smithsonian Institution for anthropologists to examine, police said.

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