Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Human Skull Left Outside Police Station

Part-time employee finds skeletal remains

By Lenny Roberts
The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed that the skull discovered Friday morning outside the Ojai Police Station on Ventura Street is that of an Asian male.
Senior Deputy Medical Examiner Craig Stevens said the skull, covered in yellow lacquer, appears to be that of a man between 20 and 50 years old, and that the man may have died sometime anywhere between three years and an unknown number of decades ago.
Eric Buschow, the senior deputy assigned to the case, said the skull was packaged and brought into the police station by an employee.
“From time to time, people come across skeletal remains,” Buschow said. “What’s unusual about this is that it appears that someone put it next to the Police Station. We’re not sure why they did what they did or possessed it in the first place.
“Typically, if someone finds something, they would notify us and we would pick it up. In this case, because it was left there, it raises a lot of questions.”
Stevens said the skull will be sent to a state laboratory in Sacramento for DNA testing.
Anyone with information about this skull is asked to call Buschow at 494-8226.

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