Human Skull Discovered in Texas Park, Police Open Investigation

The remains of a human skull were found by a passerby walking through a park in Texas on Sunday.

Officers from Harris County were called to the scene of a wooded area in the 12900 block of North Eldridge Parkway, 25 miles northwest of Houston.

"The remains of a human skull were observed by an individual walking in Cypress Park," Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted on Sunday.

A park patron made the grim discovery around noon in a wooded area away from park amenities, Sheriff Gonzalez told the Houston Chronicle.

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The remains of a human skull were found by a passerby walking through Cypress park, 25 miles northwest of Houston in Texas on Sunday. Google Maps

It is unclear exactly where in the park the discovery was made or how long the remains had been there.

An investigation is underway and the park will reportedly remain open.

Harris County Sheriff's Office crime scene investigators and forensic anthropologists with the Institute of Forensic Science (IFS) have since collected all the bones that were found in the wooded area, Harris County Senior Deputy Thomas M Gilliland told Newsweek.

IFS is currently working to determine the identity of the skeletal remains and to establish a cause of death.

Earlier this month, human remains were discovered by unsuspecting hikers along a trail in Santee in San Diego County, California.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department launched an investigation after the remains were found on February 3.

The department said in a statement: "On February 3, 2021, just after 4:00 p.m., Sheriff's deputies responded to the 11000 block of Summit Avenue in the city of Santee for found human remains. The remains were found by hikers on a trail nearby.

"The Sheriff's Homicide Unit responded and has assumed responsibility of the investigation. The Homicide Unit will coordinate with the Medical Examiner's Office who will ultimately be responsible for identifying the remains and determining cause and manner of death."

Days later, the body of an unidentified adult man was found floating in a pond at a Colorado golf course on the afternoon of February 7.

In December, human remains were found in two suitcases left on the side of a road in Denver.

The discovery was made by Denver Parks and Recreation workers who were in the middle of plowing snow from the sidewalk along the Sanderson Gulch Trail in the southwest of the city when they came across across the abandoned suitcases.

The workers saw what they believed to be body parts inside and alerted authorities. Members of the Denver Police Department's homicide unit, the medical examiner's office and the crime lab unit arrived at the scene at the 1700 block of South Java Way in the Mar Lee neighborhood.

The remains were later confirmed to be that of a "recently deceased adult white male," Clark said, citing the Office of the Medical Examiner. The case is being treated as a homicide.

In the same week, the remains of a young girl were unearthed in woodland in Oregon.

The child is believed to have been between 6.5 and 10 years old when she died. Her body was found near a rest stop in a heavily wooded area in Lincoln County.