A human skull has been found near Interstate 5 in northern Oregon, authorities said Wednesday.
The discovery was reported Monday morning by members of an Oregon Department of Corrections cleaning crew, the Oregon State Police said in a statement.
The find, near Keizer, a northern suburb of Salem, was initially reported as a suspicious object. State police, who seized the item for examination, described it as a skull in a “small” backpack.
The remains, believed to belong to a woman in her 30s or 40s, had decomposed and had “no identifiable features,” state police said.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office will try to determine the identity of the remains, they said.
The office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Late 2020, about 60 miles west, the body of 9-year-old Haley Mae Coblentz was found in a duffel bag at a rest area along the state’s HB Van Duzer Scenic Corridor, which leads to the coast.
Two people were charged in connection with the girl’s death, but the case was withdrawn.