(CBS Seattle) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is examining a human skull that was brought up in a crab pot off the coast of Westport Friday.

According to Aberdeen’s The Daily World, a local fisherman found the skull in one of his crab pots, which had been out in the water for about a week.

The King County Medical Examiner identified it as a human skull, but couldn’t determine the age of the person or how long the skull had been underwater. The medical examiner said the person had likely been dead for a while. The skull was sent off to the FBI’s crime lab at Quantico, Va. where DNA will be analyzed.

The Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Dave Pimentel did not give any theories about where the skull came from, but did say that at this time fisherman is not suspected of a crime.

“At this point, we have no idea who the skull belongs to, and we’re not closing any doors at this point. We’re waiting for the FBI to analyze the skull and hopefully identify the remains through DNA,” Pimentel told the World.
It can take up to a year for DNA analysis to be completed, but Pimentel said he hopes to have results back within a month.

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