Hawaii police have been called to investigate a skull found near a highway Wednesday, they said, may have belonged to a missing person.
The find was made by a leafy pig hunter along Likelike Road near the Burmeister Overpass.
“I shone my light on it, and it was a skull. It was really white and it looked real, so I called my wife and then I called the police,” the hunter said. anonymous, according to Hawaii News Now.
“I walked in with the officers and we went to look around and more bodies. And the pigs don’t wear bones like dogs, so they only went and hit them, which means if they don’t there was no more body, the thing was just thrown off its head. “
The skull, which had two teeth, was found just 20 feet from the freeway. The straight eastbound lane of the highway near the Burmeister overpass tunnel was closed for several hours while police investigated.
According to Hawaii News Now, police at the scene said it was likely an adult skull under the age of 10. No other remains have been located in the vicinity.
KHON2 reported that an archaeologist was also at the scene but was unable to determine whether the skull had been left at the site recently or was ancient.
Police have reportedly said they will not launch an investigation into the homicide and have suggested the skull may belong to a missing person.
Agents from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources were present with a forensic pathologist.
In such cases, forensic pathologists are often called upon to inspect the bones and attempt to determine a person’s identity and the cause of death.
Newsweek contacted the Honolulu Police Department for comment.
The Likelike Highway – named after Hawaiian Princess Miriam Likelike, sister of King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii’s last reigning monarchs – is also known as Route 63. It is a national highway connecting Honolulu in Kaneohe.
Honolulu Crimestoppers has 37 missing persons files, some of which have been missing for over a decade.
Going through missing person reports when human remains are found is a common line for investigators.
When parts of a skeleton were found in the grass behind a house in a suburb of Honolulu in 2008, police searched the missing person reports as part of their investigation.
The skeletal remains were sent to a medical examiner who inspected the bones and attempted to determine the person’s identity and cause of death.