Human skull found in Gastineau Channel

Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- Remains of a human skull were found near a Gastineau Channel dock used by cruise ships, Juneau police said Tuesday.

The partially intact cranium was found Monday by a recreational diver in about 40 feet of water. Police did not identify the diver.

The upper jaw of the skull contained gold bridgework, which led investigators to discount it being archaeological remains, said Capt. Tom Porter.

The remains are being compared with local dental records for clues to the identity of the victim, Porter said.

''We have done a tentative search of all our missing persons and have nothing to determine they have gold bridgework,'' he said Tuesday.

Porter said divers plan to return to the site where the skull was found to search for more remains.

It is unclear how long the skull had been submerged, Porter said.

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