Medical Examiner investigating human skull found in Petersburg

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - The Richmond Medical Examiner's Office is looking into a human skull found in the Appomattox River.

Police were called to a muddy area along River Street, in Old Towne Sunday morning.

Al and Jutta Bracy walk their five dogs along the river all the time. And yet, they've never heard anything like this.

"Eerie. Haha. Little scary, little scary," said Al Bracy, .

Another couple walking their dog there discovered the top half of a human skull peeking out of the mud, ten feet off the banks just after 11:00 a.m. Sunday. A group of officers huddled over the scene moments later.

"No [signs of foul play]. The skull looked like it had been there quite a while," said Sgt. Matthew Gilstrap, who was among the first officers on the scene.

Immediately, there were more questions: Who was it? Or, was it anyone missing? Police had the latter part answered fairly quickly.

"There's nobody we're looking for," said Sgt. Gilstrap. "There's no reason that we know of for that to be there."

The find was made in a part of the river where the water level ebbs and flows with the tide. This time of year, you rarely know what you'll see at the bottom. The Bracy's just hope it's not something they'll hear about again.

"We don't see the river at that low tide very often. No. Just hope this is a one time occurrence," Jutta Bracy said.

The skull was boxed up Sunday morning and sent to the medical examiner's office in Richmond. The M.E. will help determine the age of the skull, and perhaps how it ended up where it did.

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