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Desecration of a Venerated Object 1st Degree

Date of News Release: 02/10/2005

(BOWLING GREEN, KY) - On January 26th , 2005 the Kentucky State Police were notified by the Barren County Coroner, Mike Swift, of the discovery of some human skulls that were located in a cave in Barren County. One of the skulls and a partial mandible were removed and sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office for inspection.

The State Forensic Anthropologist, Dr. Emily Craig notified Mr. Swift and the Kentucky State Police on 2-09-05 that based on her examination of the skull that she received it was her opinion that its origin was Native American and that the location of the discovery was secondary to where they had been originally interned.

This conclusion was based partially on the fact that tool marks were located on the skull and some of the teeth seemed to have been glued into the jawbone. Dr. Craig stated that the other skulls and any bone fragments should be collected and forwarded to the State Medical Examiner.

On 2-09-05 the Kentucky State Police and the Barren County Coroner returned to the location of the initial discovery on Siddens Road to collect the rest of the remains. The collection of the bones was not a disinternment due to the skulls and the other remains being strewn near the mouth of the cave but simply a collection of what was located above ground.

The remains collected on 2-09-05 have been forwarded to the Medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort. The Kentucky State Police have initiated an investigation for Desecration of a Venerated Objects in the First Degree and the investigation will continue. The case officer is Det. Scott Skaggs.

The location of the discovery is approximately 3 miles southwest of Glasgow, KY on Siddens Road.

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