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GBI will examine Albany skull

A skull found Monday on Albany's south side will be sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Crime lab for further investigation. Police canvassed the area where the skull was found for more remains Tuesday.

Investigators say they don't have much to go on, and hope a forensic pathologist can help shed some light on the situation.

Police now say the man who found it had it for several days and waited to call police. They're not sure how that might affect their investigation.

Many are wondering whether it could be a skull unearthed of the flood of 1994.  "A lot of body parts were not recovered as a result of the flood, that's likely where it came from, it's unlikely it's a homicide, but we'll take a look at it," said Col. James Taylor, Albany City Manager.

After interviewing the man who found the skull and learning he'd had it several days and showed it to neighbors, police checked the area where it was found again. "They were out this morning canvassing the area and they did not locate any further remains," said Phyllis Banks, Albany Police Media Manager.

Coroner Emma Quimbley said there wasn't much she could tell just looking at the skull, but pathologists at the Crime lab may be able to learn more when they get the skull.

 "Basically we want to determine the sex, the race, and most importantly the identity," Banks said.

Knowing an age could also help investigators determine whether the remains were unearthed from Oakview or Riverside Cemetery during the Flood of 1994 or whether they need to start looking at missing person reports. The skull being found in a bag has raised suspicions.

"Those are some of the most important things that will go along with the investigation, to check out the missing person's reports," Banks said.

That can only come after they have more information about the remains, and Tuesday police were unsure how long that would take.

Police remind residents if you find something like this, you shouldn't disturb it and you should alert an officer.

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