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  1. #1
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    El Segundo, California

    FL - Bradenton, Human Skull from 1974, in box at police station, Jan'11

    Mystery surrounds skull found in box at Florida police station

    The skull was discovered carefully wrapped in old newspaper in a box with the word “Skull” in caps underlined twice along with an FBI lab invoice.

    The invoice read, “Examination of portion of human skull discovered in four inches of water near Bradenton on Sept. 28, 1974.”


    Following their hunch that the skull is from a missing person, the pair got clippings from old copies of the Herald and found about a dozen missing residents and missing tourists.

    A promising lead, they think, is a man named Richard Cavenough who left on a Braden River fishing trip in 1971 and was never found, although his overturned boat was discovered.
    Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/01/1...#ixzz1BH6Mhy1B

    Here's another article:

    Human skull from 1974 found in police evidence closet

    Last edited by CarlK90245; 04-05-2013 at 11:23 PM.

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    western PA, USA
    Thanks for posting this, Carl. I found this archived story from the Oct. 2, 1974 edition of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. It contains many of the details that Bradenton LE is looking for, namely, where the skull was found, and that there was indeed a man who wandered from a local nursing home nine years before and was never found:


    I emailed a link to the article to the Braden PD on January 12th and called to make sure I'd used the correct email address, but the articles published after that date don't make it sound like they know about the article.

    Article: "Tips Now Coming In On Skull"


    I'm suspecting the FBI was unable to identify the skull and there were no dental records for the missing nursing home resident so LE, without DNA at their disposal, had to shelf the skull. If that man is still missing, he's not listed in any of the databases and he certainly should be.
    <-- Watched one too many Hanna-Barbera "teenage detective" cartoons as a kid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tatertot View Post
    ... I'm suspecting the FBI was unable to identify the skull and there were no dental records for the missing nursing home resident ...
    Even if there were dental records, they only have the upper portion of the skull, including only the upper portion of the eye sockets.

    They should be able to tell from the shape of the brow and forehead, and from the cranial sutures whether the skull was from a male or female, and whether the person was elderly.

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    I have not seen anything new on this . this is an old article but has a photo I am assuming that is the skull they found


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    rosesfromangels is offline "The trilling wire in the blood / Sings below inveterate scars." - Eliot
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    If that pic is the skull in question, it sure looks small in comparison to the hands displaying it. More like a child's skull, or a small woman
    My posts are opinion and speculation only, and may not be used for any purpose outside of this forum.

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