Human skull found along walking trail in county park

December 8, 2013 8:55 pm

Skull, shoe found in Windsor

A man and his children came across human remains during a walk through a county park near Windsor Sunday afternoon, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.

The man, Chris Cane, called around 2:20 p.m. that day to report that he and his two children had spotted a human skull and a tennis shoe in a creek bed at 5750 Faught Road in Shiloh Regional Park, officials said.

Cane told KTVU that while walking with his kids, he took a turn he doesn’t usually take at the urging of his son.

When he first saw the skull, Cane said he hoped it was that of a deer. But as he got closer, he knew that was not the case

“It was pretty crazy,” said Cane. “It was one of those gut feelings – ‘I know exactly what that is.’”

Deputies arriving on the scene confirmed the presence of a human skull and spotted other skeletal remains under leaves in the immediate area.

“There’s a full skeletal remains there,” Lt. Steve Brown of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

Brown also said that besides the shoe, no other clothes were evident.

Detectives were called out and the area was secured. Due to darkness, the investigation was postponed and was expected to be continued Monday morning, officials said.

The identity of the remains was still unknown as of Sunday night.

Crane says it upsets him to think how that skull might have ended up in the woods, but he hopes DNA from the remains leads to an identification, bringing some closure to a missing person’s family.