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Westport skull confirmed to be human

February 24, 2014

Local officials are working with a crime lab to extract DNA from the skull found off the coast of Westport.

On Friday morning, a crab boat reported finding what looked to be part of a human skull in a crab pot they had set a week prior. The pot was set approximately 2.3 miles off of the coast, at 90-100 feet deep.

The fisherman called the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office, who met him at the docks, and took the skull into evidence.

A King County anthropologist confirmed that the skull is human.

According to a photo sent to KING and posted online, the entire face of the skull was missing. It is not known if this is from decay or other causes.

At this time, it is not known the age, sex, or nationality of the skull.

According to the Grays Harbor Undersheriff Dave Pimentel, it is not known how the skull got into the pot.

Credit: Phil Westrick

Credit: Phil Westrick via KING

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