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Partial skull discovered in Amherst County was from the 19th century

Capt. EW Elliott reviewing the area where the skull was found. Courtesy of the Amherst County Sheriff's Office
Capt. EW Elliott reviewing the area where the skull was found. Courtesy of the Amherst County Sheriff's Office (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

AMHERST COUNTY (WSLS 10) - The Amherst County Sheriff's Office announced Monday they have completed their investigation into the recently discovered partial skill found in the James River.

Deputies said following review by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner along with consultation by an anthropologist and archaeologist, it's been determined that the skull was from the 19th century.

They said the skull likely washed out of a grave from that period and was carried downstream.

As you may recall, in May 2015 a local couple discovered the partial human skull.

After an acquaintance of theirs notified the sheriff's office, investigators executed a search warrant and seized the partial remains.

The investigation is officially closed, deputies say.