Skull found in WA crab pot going to FBI lab

Skull found in WA crab pot going to FBI lab

Credit: Phil Westrick

Skull found in WA crab pot going to FBI lab

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by Associated Press and KING5

NWCN.com

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 4:42 PM

WESTPORT, Wash. -- The human skull found in a crab pot off the Washington coast is being sent to the FBI crime lab at Quantico, Va.

Grays Harbor Undersheriff Dave Pimentel tells KXRO investigators hope to extract DNA, which may lead to an identification.

The partial human skull was found Friday morning in a crab pot about 2 miles off of Westport. The fisherman set the pot the previous week in water 90-to-100 feet deep.

An anthropologist in King County confirmed the skull is human. Pimentel says nothing else is known about the skull, including how it got into the crab pot.

Phil Westrick, captain of the crab boat "The Ultimate," was fishing near Westport early Friday morning when he came across something peculiar. When he pulled his crab pot out of the water about two miles off the coast, he discovered a human skull inside. Westrick and his crew immediately called authorities, who said they believe it belonged to a young person.

It is unclear whether the skull shows evidence of blunt-force trauma.

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