Human skull found in backpack next to Oregon interstate

Posted 70 days ago


A standard cleanup of an interstate in Oregon this week has turned into a forensic investigation after a skull was discovered.

Oregon State Police said on Wednesday that a Department of Corrections crew was working on cleaning an area next to Interstate 5 on Monday when someone stumbled upon a "suspicious object" – a small backpack with a human skull inside. The backpack was discovered near milepost 260 next to the northbound side of the interstate.

It was discovered in Marion County, which is located about 75 miles south of Portland.

Police have since taken the skull to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's office to try and make an identification. The bone structure does not have any identifiable features, police said, but "was most likely that of a female in her late 30's to 40's."... (Read more)