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Report on human skull expected next week

July 03, 2009|By HEATHER KEELS

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. -- The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department was still awaiting answers Friday about a human skull found Thursday morning at the construction site for a new elementary school off Job Corps Road in Jefferson County, W.Va.

An anthropologist was studying the skull and was expected to make a report Monday or Tuesday, Detective Tracy Edwards said.

The Sheriff's Department was waiting for information on how long the skull might have been at the site, as well as any clues about who it might have come from, such as the age and gender of the deceased, Edwards said.

Excavation work at the site has been halted while authorities conduct an investigation, Edwards said.

The site is about a half-mile from W.Va. 230 near Sam Michael's Park.

Construction workers found the skull at about 11:45 a.m. Thursday in the area that was to be the "front yard" of the school, about 35 feet from Job Corps Road, according to Jefferson County Sheriff Robert "Bobby" Shirley and Board of Education President Peter H. "Pete" Dougherty.

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The property, part of the former Walker farm, was donated for the school by developers of the Breckenridge subdivision, Dougherty said.

The school is being built for about 400 students and was scheduled to open next year.

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