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Human skull found in search for missing horse

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Two teeth were still attached to the skull that Sheriff Darby believes had been there for quite some time. Two teeth were still attached to the skull that Sheriff Darby believes had been there for quite some time.
There are horse tracks near the property where the human skull was found. There are horse tracks near the property where the human skull was found.
PANOLA COUNTY, MS -

(WMC-TV) - A search for a horse in North Mississippi led to the shocking discovery of a human skull.

The remains were found in Panola County, Miss. where trees and wooded areas stretch out about as far as the eye can see.

The sheriff believes it is either a woman or a younger person because of the skull's appearance, but it could take a while before investigators learn who the remains belong to.

"A couple people just said they found a skull out in the woods," said resident Octavia Jones.

There are horse tracks near the property where the human skull was found. Panola County Sheriff Dennis Darby said a neighbor was trying to locate a horse when instead remains were found.

"There's a gun shot wound, apparently over the left ear," said Darby.

Two teeth were still attached to the skull that Sheriff Darby believes had been there for quite some time. The remains will go to the crime lab as investigators try to test for DNA or anything else that will help them figure out who it belongs to. There are a couple of missing persons cases still on the books.

"Two that are on record that we're concerned most about in our own county," said Darby.

Searchers found animal bones nearby. After cadaver dogs picked up a scent, Darby is certain he has a real mystery on his hands that could take months to solve.

"The dogs did alert in the same area. That's where the search is taking place, but also we've secured that area to come back later," said Darby.

The coroner took the skull to Jackson, Mississippi. Investigators hope to do more tests on the skull in the coming weeks.

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