There are 12 official cases of missing persons in Idaho's Bonner County dating back to the 1980s, according to the Idaho State Police Missing Persons Clearinghouse. But local law enforcement officials say they don't want to raise false hopes of relatives in the wake of the June 10 discovery of a skull in the region's Hoodoo Valley.
But this morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the Bonner County Sheriff's Department is now saying that "there's a preliminary determination that the skull is human."
"We have found other evidence to conclude that it is human," said Bonner County Sheriff's Capt. Ror Lakewold, who was reluctant to elaborate on the nature of the evidence, according to the Press. "It's still under investigation."
It has been a week and a half since a person walking through Hoodoo Valley discovered what appeared to be the top portion of a skull.
Law enforcement is now turning to forensic experts to extract DNA from the skull.
"We are doing what we can to make it as expedient as possible," said Lakewold.