Police try to determine origins of skull found in Raleigh yard

By Nick Kenney - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis police are trying to determine how a human bone - a skull - made its way to the front yard of a Raleigh residence.

Witnesses said the discovery was made Monday afternoon in the front yard of a home in the 4300 block of Raleigh Lagrange Road.

"Cop cars were everywhere," neighbor Michael Hopper said. "Nobody could get through. They found a skull laying over there."

Tuesday, at the scene of the find, the only indication of something strange was a sliver of crime scene tape poking out of a nearby trash can.  As police continued their official investigation, neighbors were left to speculate with one another about where the skull came from.

"If I had to make a guess or put money on it, I figure a dog had gone over to the cemetery, dug a hole, and found the skull," Hopper said.

Residents said not uncommon to see stray dogs roaming through the area, which includes an old cemetery.  With headstones as dating back to the mid-1800's, they speculated the skull came from an old grave.  In fact, some neighbors said, portions of the cemetery have been washed out over the years by rain.

Tuesday, a Memphis Police Department spokesperson said investigators believe the skull was from a human, and hope tests determine where it came from.

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