Dog Returns Home With Human Skull. Sparks Investigation

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A beagle returned home with an unusual find that has led to a criminal investigation in the town of Gallup, New Mexico: a human skull.

The dog found the remains Saturday evening and carried them home. Its owner, who lives on the west end of Gallup’s airport, then alerted authorities, John Allen, deputy police chief, told msnbc.com.

Police have determined the skull was from an individual believed to be a man, roughly 35 to 45 years old, who probably died about three years ago, Allen said.

Police decided to search a field around where the beagle lives since they figured the canine couldn’t have walked too far with the skull due to the dog’s size. Their search turned up other human bones that “we believe are related to this skull,” Allen said.

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