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Searchers find ‘other items’ near where human skull was discovered at Lewis-McChord

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Oct. 14, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
October 14, 2010 3:06 pm

Army criminal investigators and military police officers have returned today to a heavily-wooded area of Joint Base Lewis-McChord where a human skull was found Wednesday.

The searchers have found some other items in the area, which is located along the outer edge of the base’s training center and about 50 to 100 meters from state Route 507. Lewis-McChord spokesman Joe Piek said investigators declined to be more specific about what the items were.

Meanwhile, a forensic anthropologist was headed to Lewis-McChord to assist in the investigation. The anthropologist is scheduled to visit the scene Friday and help with the recovery of the skull and other items, Piek said.

The anthropologist will then examine the items to determine the gender, age and possible identity of the person. The anthropologist will also aim to figure out how long the person has been dead.

“We don’t have any of those details,” he said.

A civilian walking in the training area just outside the East Gate stumbled across the skull about 1 p.m. Wednesday. Military police officers were stationed at the scene overnight and will remain on duty until investigators complete their work, Piek said.

Investigators from the Army’s criminal investigations division and military police were conducting a deliberate search throughout the area today.

“The investigators are marking the skull and other items that have been found,” Piek said.

The search area is within a fenced portion of the base.

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