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Human skull in backpack found by patch crew near I-5 north of Salem

A work crew cleaning up trash along Interstate 5 near Salem found a small backpack containing a human skull, Oregon State Police said Wednesday.

The crew overseen by the Oregon Department of Corrections was working Monday along the northbound lanes at Mile 260, the Keizer Exit, when someone found a “suspicious object,” Oregon police said. State in a press release. The soldiers took possession of the backpack and found the skull inside.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner now has the skull, believed to be that of a woman in her 30s and 40s. He had no identifiable characteristics.

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