Partial skull found along James River dates back to 19th century

(Photos: WSET)

AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WRIC/WSET) — An investigation which was launched after a partial skull was discovered along the James River has concluded, according to the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office.

A couple in the area found the skull back in May, according to 8News affiliate WSET. An acquaintance found out about the skull and later notified the Sheriff’s office. Investigators executed a search warrant and seized the partial remains.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, an anthropologist and an archaeologist examined the remains.

It was determined that the partial skull is from the 19th century. Officials say the skull likely washed out of a grave from that period and was carried downstream.

The Sheriff’s office says that the investigation is closed.

Stay with 8News for any updates to this developing story.

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