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Widow makes ghoulish discovery

Halloween came a few days early for a South County woman, when she found a human skull while cleaning out a storage shed.

The woman, who lives in the 11000 block of Gautier Road off Highway 49, was busy Tuesday afternoon clearing out some items belonging to her husband, who had passed away about a year ago, said Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal.

“When she entered the shed, she saw a white plastic bag on a shelf that contained a brown paper bag, and inside that bag was a balled-up newspaper,” Royal said. “A human skull was wrapped inside the newspaper.”

The skull appeared to be old, with no signs of trauma, Royal said. The teeth and the jaw appeared to have been glued into place.

“It may be native American,” Royal said. “There are no signs of dental work and it appears to be from an older individual.”

The woman said her husband was an excavator who was “always bringing home strange things,” Royal said.

An anthropologist from California State University, Chico, has been asked to examine the skull, he added.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.

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