Human skulls found in box at recycling center

BROOKS, Ore. - Two human skulls fell out of a cardboard box at a recycling center last week.

Workers at Marion Recycling Center Incorporated in Brooks dumped out the cardboard box and prepared it to be recycled January 16.

They found two human skulls inside.

The find brought plant operations to a halt.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office investigated.

Here's what they found out:

Sheriff's deputies determined the skulls had belonged to Frank Shriver, a resident of North Bend, Oregon, who passed away in 1991.

According to family members, Shriver obtained the skulls while prospecting for gold in the Philippines, just prior to the Japanese invasion during World War II.

Family members knew of the skulls but told deputies the bones were never on display. No one knew exactly how or why Shriver obtained them, the sheriff's office said.

The skulls were last with Shriver's son, who lived in Salem. After he passed away, the skulls were accidently thrown out with the recycling and ended up at the recycling facility.

The skulls have been taken by the Medical Examiner and will be studied by a forensic anthropologist in Portland, the sheriff's office said.

Once the investigation is complete, the skulls will either be cremated or stored at the State Medical Examiner's Office.