Human skull discovered in Mill Creek; no other remains found

Based on its condition, it was exposed to the elements for a couple of years, police said.

MILL CREEK — Police in Mill Creek are investigating the discovery of a human skull that reportedly was found in a wooded area near North Creek, just north of Mill Creek Town Center.

A man on Tuesday reported the find to police.

The man appeared to be under the influence of drugs, but he was cooperative, Police Chief Greg Elwin said in a news release Wednesday.

The man tried to pinpoint where he had been walking as police and a police dog thoroughly searched the area in an attempt to find any other human remains, city spokeswoman Joni Kirk said.

No other remains were discovered.

“The appearance of the skull indicates that it has been exposed to the elements for a couple of years and may have been carried by an animal,” Elwin said. “Carnivores in the area travel a range of two to three miles, so it is possible that additional remains are not in the area.”

The skull was turned over to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office in hopes of identifying the person.

Wednesday morning, Mill Creek police and Snohomish County Search & Rescue volunteers were searching the area again, along with trained dogs.

The gender of the deceased person was not immediately known.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; stevick@heraldnet.com.

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