Archive for Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Human skull found in Osage County still unidentified

July 3, 2012


— The Osage County Sheriff’s Office continues to wait on the identification of a human skull found March 25 in Carbondale, a town about 15 miles south of Topeka with a population of about 1,400.

“We’re kind of at a standstill (until the skull is identified),” said Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn.

The skull — found by a mushroom hunter — was sent to the coroner’s office, but then had to be sent out of state for testing, a process which could take another six months, Dunn said.

For several days, law enforcement searched the area near 118th Court, just off Wanamaker Road, where the skull was found, but turned up no other human remains. The nature of the case — whether it’s a possible homicide, suicide or death by natural causes — remains unclear.

Dunn said they’ve also been trying to connect the remains to any missing persons cases, though there aren’t any in Osage County, she said.

There are 37 active missing-persons cases in Kansas, according to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, or NamUs, operated by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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LadyJ 5 years, 8 months ago

I was trying to find Randy Leach on this list, but not having any luck. I notice the Wikipedia page on his disappearance is being considered for deletion in accordance with their deletion policy

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 8 months ago

When I read this article, I thought of Randy Leach also. I certainly feel for his parents, they lost their only child, and they have no clue what happened to him.

Shaun Hittle 5 years, 8 months ago

You have to zoom in pretty close, but Randy's on there, just to the right of Lawrence.

Jayhawk1958 5 years, 8 months ago

Just an example of your Republican fear mongering and hate.

Mike Ford 5 years, 8 months ago

I love it when conservatives use words like nuanced.....why use such a word when it's beyond your daily vocabulary.

riverdrifter 5 years, 8 months ago

Surely they did a dental exam on this skull. Or, maybe there was no dentition left.

John Spencer 5 years, 8 months ago

A dental exam only helps if you have something to compare it to,

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