State Police: Possible human skull found in East Lyme, investigation underway

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EAST LYME -- Human remains were possibly found in East Lyme Monday morning, State Police tell FOX 61.

A person called police just before 7 a.m. Monday morning. They told troopers at Troop E in Montville that they found a "suspicious item."

It appears that item was a human skull, which was lying about 150 yards into the property of the Sleepy Hollow Road and Van Winkle Way in the Niantic section of town.

East Lyme scene 2A source tells FOX 61 it's likely an animal dragged the skull out of the nearby woods to the side of the road. The same source says more remains were discovered in the woods and that this skull was likely related to the other find.

Eastern District Major Crimes division is taking over the investigation, according to Trooper Tyler Weerden.

At this time, police said they have no further information.

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System says 170 Connecticut residents are currently listed as missing, including Bettina Scott, of East Lyme, who has not been seen since Christmas Day of 2004.

Stay with FOX 61 as this story develops.