Investigators say an unidentified skull found in a wooded area in Slidell last week will be sent to the LSU Faces Lab Monday.
St. Tammany Parish Coroner Charles Preston said the skull has no obvious signs of trauma but has been outdoors for a “considerable amount of time.” Preston adds that the skull has uneven discoloration, apparently due to exposure to sunlight.
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies say a hunter called police around 11 a.m. on November 11 after finding the remains. No other skeletal remains were found in the area.
Preston said the LSU Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services (FACES) will extract a tooth from the skull for DNA testing.
“There are some open missing persons cases in St. Tammany Parish, but unless DNA matching is successful or until additional forensics are completed, we can’t say with any level of certainty if the skull may belong to any of them,” Preston said. “Once FACES staff complete their work and give us a report, we’ll be closer to solving this mystery.”
Preston said the investigation remains open and active.