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Skull found in backpack near Oregon highway


A human skull has been found near Interstate 5 in northern Oregon, authorities said Wednesday.

The discovery Monday morning was reported by members of an Oregon Department of Corrections cleanup crew, Oregon State Police said in a statement.

The find, near Keizer, a northern suburb of Salem, was first reported as a suspicious object. State police, who took the object for investigation, described it as a skull inside a “small” backpack.

The remains, believed to belong to a woman in her 30s or 40s, were decomposed and had “no identifiable features,” state police said.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office will attempt to determine the identity of the remains, they said.

The office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In late 2020, about 60 miles west, the body of 9-year-old Haley Mae Coblentz was found in a duffel bag near a rest area along the state’s HB Van Duzer Scenic Corridor, which leads to the coast.

Two people have been charged in connection with the girl’s death, but the case has been dropped.



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