A standard cleanup of an interstate in Oregon has turned into a forensic investigation this week following the discovery of a skull.
Oregon State Police said Wednesday that a Department of Corrections crew was working on Monday to clean up an area next to Interstate 5 when someone stumbled upon a “suspicious object” — a small bag with a human skull inside. . The backpack was discovered near Milepost 260 next to the northbound side of Interstate.
It was discovered in Marion County, which is located about 75 miles south of Portland.
Police have taken the skull to the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s office for identification. There are no recognizable features in the bone structure, police said, but it “was most likely a woman in her late 30s to 40s.”
Police have not released any other information about the skull.
This isn’t the first time a human skull has been discovered along an Oregon highway. According to The Oregonian, a highway crew found another in June 2018 while performing maintenance along Interstate 5 in Roseburg. No other remains were found.
It took more than a year for the dead man to be identified, but in December 2019, officials said that DNA testing showed that the skull was the remains of Scott Evenson. The outlet said he was an Oregon man who was listed as a missing person on Facebook in 2016, but his disappearance was never reported to police.
Evenson, who lived in Myrtle Creek, about 200 miles south of Portland, was about 44 at the time of his death.