Walk in Placer County woods turns up human skull

Bones, campsite discovered nearby by Placer searchers
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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A hiker walking in a wooded area of Placer County’s Sierra found a human skull on Sunday.

Called in to investigate, Placer County sheriff’s detectives and search and rescue personnel found several bone fragments that may also be human, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

The further search of the area where the discoveries were made — near the town of Truckee and Highway 89 — also turned up a campsite, described by the Sheriff’s Office as “weathered and old.”

Investigators had a mystery to look into.

“Although both the remains and the campsite appear to both have been exposed to the elements for a lengthy period of time, detectives and coroner investigators are still working to establish a connection between the two,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

The cause and manner of death were still under investigation. The coroner is conducting a follow-up investigation in an attempt to identify the remains, the Sheriff’s Office said.