Search For Remains Called Off After Skull Found In Washington County

Wednesday, May 7th 2014, 6:26 pm
By: Dave Davis

Washington County Investigators have called off the search for more remains, after discovering a human skull outside Skiatook; the search ended early Wednesday evening. No more human bones were discovered.

It all began at the Skiatook police station, when an unidentified man walked in Tuesday afternoon carrying a human skull. He told police he found it on private property, in a trash dump.

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That prompted an investigation in the far southern part of Washington County.

Captain Gary Miller with the Washington County Sheriff's Office, said, "There's a lot of trash down there, so they're going to start going through all the trash to see if they can find any names, anything's that's left in trash; see if they can find any bones."

At Highway 11 near Tyner Creek, the media had to stay about two miles back, but in a view you'll only see on News On 6, Osage SkyNews 6 was up and gave us a much clearer picture of what the investigators have been doing.

From the air, you can clearly see the dump site, where investigators were looking for more clues.

Landowners tell authorities they only let a few friends use the dump site, and they know the man who found the skull.

"We don't know if it was basically dumped there by somebody dumping trash, if an animal drug it up there, this creek does flood, it's right there along the creek," Miller said.

Authorities are not considering the man who found it or the landowners to be suspects. In fact, they told us both parties were very cooperative.

They do have a message for anyone who may run across a potential piece of evidence, like a skull.

"Leave it there, leave it there and call law enforcement and we'll get there as soon as we can," said Miller.

The State Medical Examiner is picking up the skull from the Skiatook Police Department, to start the process of identifying that person.

Investigators are also looking at nearby cemeteries to see if the skull may have come from there.