Police investigate human skull found in Porter County

2014-01-20T17:00:00Z 2014-01-21T11:48:11Z Police investigate human skull found in Porter CountyTimes Staff nwitimes.com
January 20, 2014 5:00 pm  • 

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | A forensic anthropologist will help investigate the case of a human skull that was found Monday by construction workers.

Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris said Monday afternoon he took possession of the skull that was found about 9:45 a.m. Monday by crews installing the new Enbridge pipeline.

Authorities were called by crews moving a trailer skid in the area of Meridian Road, about a quarter mile north of U.S. 6.

Porter County Sheriff's Sgt. Larry LaFlower said detectives and the Porter County coroner’s office are investigating.

LaFlower said the area was treated as a crime scene as detectives, with help from Precision Pipeline workers, sifted dirt in a 200-square foot area using Precision Pipeline's excavating equipment to search for additional remains or belongings.

LaFlower said no other items were found.

Harris said the skull was intact, but missing the jawbone. A forensic anthropologist will be brought in to examine the skull. Harris did not know when that would happen.

LaFlower said there are no open missing persons cases in Porter County that this skull would be linked to, and there is no reason for residents to fear for their safety.

Traffic in the area was restricted from both the pipeline work and the police and coroner vehicles.

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