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Skull continues to baffle Wisconsin investigators

Nearly 10 years after two Boy Scouts discovered a skull near Houlton, Wis. -- and after detectives recently chased one especially promising lead all the way to Japan -- investigators are back to square one. The skull's identity remains a mystery, and the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office is again asking for the public's help. The Star Tribune dives into the mystery....
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Nearly 10 years after two Boy Scouts discovered a skull near Houlton, Wis. -- and after detectives recently chased one especially promising lead all the way to Japan -- investigators are back to square one. The skull's identity remains a mystery, and the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office is again asking for the public's help.

The Star Tribune digs into the fascinating details of the investigation.

The St. Croix County Sheriff's office has a page on its site dedicated to the mysterious skull, and has published pictures of what the person might have looked like. A description is also provided:

The unidentified person was a female between the ages of 35 to 50+, of Asian, Asian Pacific or Native American ancestry. She had short mousy-brown hair, between 2 ½ to 3 inches long, and was missing all of her teeth at the time of death. The female had widely space eyes, a flat face and a pronounced forehead; she most likely would have been typecast as being “different," mentally retarded or maybe even institutionalized. DNA was recovered and is on file.

The Hudson Star-Observer does have links (below) to the original coverage on its web site from 2002. The site charges $2.95 to read the articles:

-- Severed head find near Somerset leads to homicide investigation (10/25/02)

-- Find of severed head leads to homicide probe (10/31/02)

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