Authorities hope missing persons cases help them ID skull - KCTV5

Johnson County authorities hope missing persons cases help them ID skull

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Deputies continued their search of a rural Johnson County property Wednesday after a hunter found a skull on Monday.

"We have quite a few resources, 60-plus, people out here," Deputy Rick Howell said.

The search for answers continued Wednesday as authorities were back out at a wooded area near 215th Street and Gardner Road.

Those on scene could see crews carrying evidence bags, hoping something they found might lead them to identify the human skull found on the property late Monday afternoon.

"As we walk through the woods, we are picking up anything we think might lead us to clues to ID the person associated with the skull," Howell said.

A hunter looking for mushrooms and shed deer antlers found the skull in a creek bed. All authorities know is it appears to have been there for some time.

Investigators said they first need to figure out who the skull was and then find out how they ended up in the remote area. The location is right next to the Miami County line.

Authorities in Miami County have already been asked about any missing persons cases they are working, but authorities said they have less than a handful of cases and the most recent is more than a decade old.

KCTV5's Jeanene Kiesling asked the Johnson County sheriff how many missing person cases they have had over the last 10 years. The sheriff said records employees are compiling that information and going through the cases, but at this point, they can't say how many missing person investigations they have open.

Whether the skull is one year old or 20, authorities said they are doing all they can to get some answers.

"When we leave this property, we want to be able to have peace of mind to bring closure to this scene," Howell said.

Johnson County authorities said they still don't know if the skull was the result of foul play, suicide or natural causes.

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