UPDATE: Coroner: Human skull found on Hilton Head not from recent death

Crime & Safety

A coroner in South Carolina says a human skull recently found at a Hilton Head Island park doesn’t appear to be from a recent death.

The Island Packet reported Monday that Beaufort County Coroner Ed Allen also says the skull may not be from the area. It was found last week sitting on a bed of pine straw near the bathrooms of a park.

A Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office report says a Bluffton man alerted police to the skull because it looked “too realistic” to be a Halloween prank.

The sheriff’s office has said no other bones were found in the immediate area, and it’s checking whether the skull is related to any cases. It says the skull will be sent to a forensic anthropologist and subjected to DNA analysis.

Information from: The Island Packet, http://www.islandpacket.com


The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a skull—suspected to be human—discovered Monday morning in the area of Bristol Sports Arena on Hilton Head Island.

The skull was found on top of some pine straw in a landscaped area near the bathrooms at the arena.

The skull will be examined by a forensic anthropologist and subjected to DNA analysis to determine if it is related to any active missing person or other investigation. 

Anyone with information about the origin of the skull is encouraged to contact Sergeant Doug Seifert at 843-255-3414 or Crimestoppers 1-888-CrimeSC if wishing to remain anonymous and for possible reward.

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