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Skull to be studied further

September 22, 2011

Howard County Sheriff Stan Parker announced Wednesday the human skull found at a salvage yard in mid-December is being prepared for DNA analysis in hopes of identifying who it came from.

According to Parker, the skull was sent to the Lubbock County Medical Examiners Office shortly after its discovery in an effort to determine the cause of death and identify where — and who — it may have come from.

“The Lubbock County Medical Examiners Office has determined the skull is human, and is believed to have been a male subject possibly around 50 years of age at the time he died,” Parker said. “The medical examiner was also able to determine the skull possibly suffered a peri- or post-mortem sharp force injury on the inferior surface of the right zygomatic process of maxillia.”

Parker said tests were unable to determine the ethnicity or ancestry of the skull, but hopes DNA testing may shed more light on the discovery.

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