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Skulls found in Marion County recycling center

KEIZER, OR (KPTV) -

Two human skulls were found tucked away in a cardboard box at a Marion County recycling center.

Deputies tell FOX 12 when workers at the recycling facility, located in the 3600 block of Brooklake Road NE, dumped out a cardboard box and prepared it to be recycled, the last thing they expected to fall out were two human skulls.

But, when they did they immediately stopped operations and called for help.

The two skulls were found mostly intact. At first, deputies say they thought they could be dealing with a criminal case. But after looking into where the skulls came from, they believe that's not the case.

According to deputies, they believe the skulls belonged to Frank Shriver, a North Bend, OR,  man who died in the 90s.

Deputies say his family members told them that Shriver found the skulls while looking for gold in the Philippines just prior to the Japanese invasion of World War II.

His family claims that they knew of the skulls, but they were never on display in the house.

Deputies say it appears that Shriver's son, who lives in Salem, threw out the skulls shortly after his father died.

No one from Shriver's family wanted to comment on the situation.

Deputies say the incident is still under investigation. The skulls are now in the hands of the medical examiner, and they will eventually be studied by a forensic anthropologist, who will examine the evidence to try and learn more about them.

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