Skull found at Wauwatosa construction site confimed as human

Posted at 1:12 PM, Jan 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-23 18:18:12-05

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's office has confirmed the bone found at a Wauwatosa construction site Friday is part of human skull.

Construction workers found it, along with other bone fragments, on the 1700 block of Underwood Ave. The other bone fragments were determined not to be human.

Fred Reinke walks past the location were the human skull and bone fragments were found almost everyday, he tells TODAY'S TMJ4 he has lots of questions about the shocking discovery.

"Curious, yes, especially if it's more recent, then I'm curious, I haven't got a clue, I'm wondering how long it's been there and what they'll find out when they get it evaluated," sad Reinke.

After looking over the bones Monday morning, Milwaukee County Forensic Investigator Michael Simley says the skull is being sent to the University of North Texas so experts can do an assessment.

"The skull was intact but it was missing the mandible here, it's a great resource to have," said Simley.

Because they'll get lots of results.

"We'll see if it's ancient versus something that might be more recent, it's hard to determine with a skeleton in the ground if it's been there for a couple years, decades, multiple decades," said Simley.

They'll also help determine race and gender with DNA sampling.

"That's there speciality and that's why we're sending it to them because they're the leaders In that field to determine those," said Simley

So now it's pretty much a waiting game, and Reinke can't wait to find out.

"I'll be waiting to see what the results are," said Reinke.

Simley says it could take anywhere from 2 to 6 months to get results from North Texas.

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