A human skull was found near Interstate 5 in northern Oregon, authorities said Wednesday.
The discovery on Monday morning was reported by members of a clean-up team from the Oregon Department of Justice, Oregon State Police said in a statement.
The find near Keizer, a northern suburb of Salem, was initially reported as a suspicious object. The state police, which took the item for examination, described it as a skull in a “small” backpack.
The remains, which are believed to belong to a woman in her 30s or 40s, were decomposed and had “no identifiable characteristics,” state police said.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office will attempt to establish the identity of the remains, they said.
The office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
end of 2020, about 60 miles west, the body of 9-year-old Haley Mae Coblentz was found in a duffle bag near a rest stop along the state’s H.B. Van Duzer Scenic Corridor, which leads to the coast.