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Skull, Possibly Stolen from Grave, Found in Spartanburg

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Vandals dug up this grave in Oakwood Cemetery in March 2012 Vandals dug up this grave in Oakwood Cemetery in March 2012
CHEROKEE COUNTY, N.C. -

A human skull that was stolen more than a year ago from a Spartanburg cemetery may have been found over the weekend, the authorities said Thursday.

Someone walking around the Beaumont community in the City of Spartanburg found the skull this past Saturday at the dead-end of Sloan Street, and after police collected the remains they turned it over to the coroner.

Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said one of his investigators is working to determine if it's the same skull that vandals stole from a grave site in Oakwood Cemetery in March 2012.

An employee from J. F. Floyd Mortuary stumbled upon the vandalized grave on March 26, 2012. The grave had been ripped up, and the casket and contents were exposed.

"The skull was found within walking distance of that cemetery," Clevenger said Thursday. "About a quarter of a mile away."

Clevenger said his investigator will request a forensic anthropologist to examine the skull and try to give an approximate age. Clevenger won't be able to compare the skull to the bones in the grave because the casket has already been buried.

If they get enough evidence to suggest the skull belongs to the desecrated remains then Clevenger would have to get a permit from state health regulators to allow him to exhume the casket and reunite the skull with the rest of the body.

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