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Skull found in river may be that of Asian man

June 10, 1998

A human skull found in the Potomac River about a week ago is that of an Asian male, according to Maryland State Police.

Police believe the man was in his 20s and was in poor health. Investigators could not provide additional information about time of death, cause of death or how long the skull had been in the water.

The skull, recovered May 29, was found in the river about two miles south of the Interstate 81 bridge heading into West Virginia, said state police.

The skull was spotted that afternoon by a Falling Waters, W.Va., fisherman.

Police believe the skull may have been in the water for a long time.

The skull was sent to the medical examiner's office in Baltimore, where officials forwarded it onto an anthropologist for identification.

Anyone with additional information about the skull can call the state police barracks in Hagerstown at 301-739-2101.

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