Human skulls donated to thrift store; donor sought

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office is asking for the public’s help to find who donated three human skulls to a Bellevue thrift store.

There is no information about who donated the skulls to the Bellevue Goodwill or how they came to be in the donor’s possession.

The KCME said two of the skulls of from adults and were clearly used in a medical clinic or teaching setting.

The third skull appears to be the fragile remains of a Native American child. Forensic anthropologist Kathy Taylor said the skull is that of a 5 or 6-year-old and is at least 100 years old.

According to state law, the Native American skull must be returned to its tribe of origin, but the ME needs more information to identify the correct tribe.

The office is asking that the person who donated the skulls come forward, without penalty, to provide more details about where the skull came from — via

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