Human skull found in Truckee off Highway 89 |

Human skull found in Truckee off Highway 89

A hiker this past Sunday located a human skull in a wooded area within Placer County’s jurisdiction near the Town of Truckee and Highway 89, according to a Placer County Sheriff’s Office social media press release.

Detectives responded to the area and located a human skull that was exposed to the elements for a lengthy period of time.

“We have some leads on the identity and we’re investigating but we haven’t confirmed that yet,” said Lieutenant Andrew Scott with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. “We’re not sure how long it’s been there.”

In addition to the skull, Scott said officials located a femur and other bone fragments that appear to be human. A weathered and apparently old campsite was also located near the remains, according to the release.

Both the remains and campsite appear to both have been exposed to the elements for a lengthy period of time, detectives and coroner investigators are still working to establish a connection between the two.

The cause and manner of death are still under investigation.

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