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Callaway County skulls identified

Callaway County skulls identified

August 26th, 2013 in News

A forensic anthropologist says those two skulls found in Callaway County last weekend appear to be of Native American women who died a long time ago, the Callaway County sheriff's office said today.

"The complete skull to be that of a female Native American, approximately 20-25 years of age at the time of death," the news release said. "Although the secondary skull cap is not applicable to complete analysis, it too is believed to be of a Native American.

"Both skulls were considerably old upon discovery."

There's no suspicion of any foul play, the sheriff's office said.

Some other remains found at the same time as the skull and partial skull "were determined to be from animals," the news release said.

The sheriff's release noted a contractor doing work in the Missouri River bottoms east of Jefferson City about 10 years ago, a contractor uncovered an old, Native American burial ground.

And, the sheriff noted, there have been several discoveries of human remains in the Missouri River bottoms, east of Jefferson City - especially in the last 20 years, after the record-setting Floods of 1993 washed out cemeteries upstream, sending caskets and remains downriver.