Human skull found in Mississippi Sound identified

July 17, 2020 GMT

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — Part of a skull found trapped in a dredging machine last month in Mississippi has been identified.

Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk said there was no way to tell who the skull belonged to without performing DNA tests. The skull was sent to Jackson, and Faulk hoped to identify the person to provide family members with answers.

Forensic analysis done by anthropologists verified Thursday it was the skull of a native American who likely lived in the region hundreds of years ago, WLOX-TV reported. The skull was found June 16 about 400 feet (122 meters) to 800 feet (244 meters) out in the Mississippi Sound where it meets Bayou Caddy, with no other remains.

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The pieces still intact are located near the eyebrows stretching toward the brain stem, including the frontal, occipital, and parietal lobes, authorities said.