Police: human skull found on golf course
MARGATE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police are investigating the discovery of a human skull at the Oriole Golf and Tennis Club.
According to Margate Police, a diver maintaining the irrigation system at the golf course, located at 8000 Margate Boulevard, found a vase with a human skull inside, at around 10 a.m. Monday. "The divers were performing maintenance on an irrigation line when they came across a clay pot in approximately 10-15 feet of water," Margate Police said in a statement. "The clay pot contained the remains of a human skull and various trinkets."
Clayton Merritt discovered the pot and said the skull looked like a child's head. "It had some teeth in there, and it looked like it was a child's head. That's for sure because there is two teeth missing, and you can see where the adult teeth were growing," said Merritt.
Investigators believe the pot was part of a religious ritual. Merritt said, "So we dumped the pot out, and before I was getting ready to leave, I kicked it out of the sand, and I picked it up and it looked like a skull," he said.
Merritt said, when he poured out the vase, there were little toys and other things inside. "Like a vase and I poured it out, and it had like knickknacks and stuff in it, a key, a metal lady, a form of a face," said Merritt.
Police have not verified the race, sex and age of the skull but noted it was taken to the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office. "The investigation will lead to DNA, dental records, the identity of that skull, but right now everything is unknown," said Margate Police Lt. Andy Zettek.
If you have any information on this skull, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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