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Few New Clues, No Leads in Case of Skull Discovered in Brick

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A human skull found in Brick. (File Photo)
A human skull found in Brick. (File Photo)

Authorities hoping to glean information from advanced testing on a skull found in Brick earlier this year have – except for a few general facts – been unable to do so.

The skull was found March 22 in a wooded area in the Lake Riviera section. It was fully decomposed by the time it was found. After the discovery by a resident, the skull was sent to a New Jersey State Police crime lab for testing, but the tests provided few clues into whose skull it was or how it ended up discarded in the woods in Brick.

According to Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, the testing determined that the skull likely belonged to an Asian male, at least 18 years of age. It had been left exposed for over a year.

A human skull found in Brick. (File Photo)
A human skull found in Brick. (File Photo)
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Since the age estimate did not include an upper limit – simply that the person was over 18 – it “does nothing to help” the investigation, Della Fave said.

Detectives received no leads at all from the discovery itself or the resulting media coverage, Della Fave said.


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  • Frank Rizzo

    It was most likely thrown away since no other parts were found…maybe an old war relic from the big one…an old guy died and its some jap’s skull.

    • J W

      Ah, there’s that good old fashioned Frank Rizzo-style racism.

      • Frank Rizzo

        You people will call anyone that does not look like you a racists,,the one that do look like you you people call Uncle Tom….so whats the difference at this point….

      • Goodgrief

        Would it have been racism if he had said Japanese instead of “jap’s”?

  • J W

    Fun fact: You can legally buy human skeletons. Those ones on wheels that they have in science classrooms are real, not plastic. Well, most of the time. Might be a morbid prank with one of these.

    • Frank Rizzo

      Thanks detective….I’m sure someone played a morbid prank by just throwing the head alone into the woods near a retirement village….

  • Mark Story Jenks

    15 or maybe 20 years ago a newspaper article mentioned skeletal remains were found in the woods somewhere off of BurntTavern Road. Details are a little foggy now, but I think the remains were determined to be that of a female of around 20 something years of age.
    I don’t recall any clues from that discovery other then that.

    • J W

      Hmm. Where on Burnt Tavern? Sawmill woods?