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Found skull human, sheriff confirms

January 15, 2011

Officials with the Howard County Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday that a skull discovered Dec. 20 north of Big Spring is indeed human, as investigators wait for more details from anthropology experts involved in the case.

Sheriff Stan Parker said Friday the skull is human, but more telling details — age, sex, race — will come once anthropologists examine the remains.

“We have confirmed the skull is from a human, but that's all we have right now,” Parker said. “We're working with the anthropology department at Texas Tech University to try to get more information on the remains, such as its race, whether it's a man or a woman, things like that.”

Parker said information on the skull has been slow coming, in part because of the Christmas holiday.

“The professor that needs to look at it was out of town around the time it was discovered,” he said. “That, along with the Christmas holiday, has made it pretty tough to be able to get someone to look at it. However, I've been informed the professor is back in town and the ball is moving. It's simply a matter of waiting for results.”

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