A cattle rancher found a human skull last Friday near the Loggy Meadows area of the Golden Trout Wilderness in Tulare County.
California State University, Fresno forensic anthropologists said the skull is that of a man in his early to mid-20s, and that the skull had been in the wilderness for up to 10 years, the Tulare County Sheriff's Office said. There were no signs of obvious trauma.
No physical evidence was found to further identify the skull, sheriff's officials said. There was also no evidence that suggested a crime had taken place.
After the sheriff's office investigation, the skull was turned over to the Tulare County Coroner's Office. The coroner's office enlisted the help of Fresno State anthropologists, and the skull was sent to a DNA testing laboratory with California's Department of Justice, sheriff's officials said.
The Tulare County Sheriff's Office is assisting in cross-referencing missing person's reports.
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