April 6, 2010
A Warrenton man and his daughter were out hunting when they found a human skull in the George Washington National Forest.
Major Scott Proctor with the Shenandoah County Sheriff's office said Saturday's discovery of a human skull is still a shock.
"It's unusual you would find a skull by itself, because no other human remains were found in the immediate area after the search," Proctor said.
After searching the perimeter, which is close to the Shenandoah and Warren County line, and only finding the skull, he said they don't have much to go off of right now.
"Takes some leg work and investigative-type work to maybe connect the dots in the investigation and compare what information we gain to missing persons," Proctor said.
Proctor said investigators don't believe the person is someone missing from Shenandoah County, but they've already started contacting other jurisdictions.
"It's right on the Warren County line, they could have someone that's missing within a five- to 10-mile radius, and that could give us a lead right off the bat," Proctor said.
Proctor said forensic evidence like gender, age, race and DNA are what would help the investigation.
"If we could get some clues from the actual physical examination of the skull itself, that could help us as far as getting pointed in the right direction," Proctor said.
Investigators sent the skull for a forensic analysis Monday. Proctor said results from the forensic analysis could take a couple of weeks.
So far, authorities haven't heard from any other jurisdictions on whether the skull can be matched to a missing persons report.