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Human skull found at thrift store in Florida

The Lee County Sheriff's Office said an anthropologist was shopping when they noticed the skull in the Halloween section.
Human skull found at thrift store in Florida
Posted at 1:03 PM, Nov 06, 2023

An anthropologist made a frightening discovery at a Florida thrift store. 

The Lee County Sheriff's Office said the anthropologist was shopping at the store in North Fort Myers when they noticed a human skull in the Halloween section. 

Detectives were notified about the discovery and responded to the store. 

"Based upon the observations of detectives on scene, the skull is believed to be that of a human," the Lee County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. 

A state medical examiner will conduct testing on the skull to try to determine its origin. The sheriff's office says this case is not considered suspicious. 

The store owner reportedly told authorities that the skull was in a storage unit that was purchased years ago. 

SEE MORE: Presumed human skull found in Arizona Goodwill donation box

This is not the first time a human skull has turned up at a thrift store in recent months. 

In September, a human skull was found among donations at a Goodwill location in the Phoenix area. It was reportedly placed into a donation box over a weekend. 

“It did not ever make it to the floor. It was in the donation box, again, with other taxidermy items,” Lisa Berry, public information officer for the Goodyear Police Department, told Scripps News Phoenix.

After observing the skull, the medical examiner said it was believed to be historic. 

Authorities in Arizona added that the skull did not appear to be associated with any crime.

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