Medical examiner: 3 skulls donated to thrift store

Second-hand items fill bins at a Goodwill thrift store on Black Friday, November 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. Mostly low-income shoppers packed the thrift store on the busiest shopping day of the year, buying toys and clothes in bulk for as cheap as 59 cents a pound.  (John Moore, Getty Images)
Second-hand items fill bins at a Goodwill thrift store on Black Friday, November 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. Mostly low-income shoppers packed the thrift store on the busiest shopping day of the year, buying toys and clothes in bulk for as cheap as 59 cents a pound. (John Moore, Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/10 8:35 am

SEATTLE (AP) — Officials in Washington state are searching for the person who donated three human skulls to a thrift store in a Seattle suburb.

The King County medical examiner said in a statement on Wednesday that two of the skulls were from adults and appeared to have been used in a medical clinic or for instruction.

The third is very old and appears to have belonged to a Native American child.

State law requires the Native American skull be returned to its tribe. The medical examiner is asking whoever donated the skulls to provide some details, without penalty, so that can happen.

The skulls were donated last month to the Goodwill store in Bellevue. Workers there realized they were human remains and contacted the medical examiner's office and law enforcement.

 

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