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Skull Found At Oakland Recycler Likely Not Local

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Detectives searched California Waste Solutions in Oakland on May 8, 2013 after a human skull was found by workers at the facility. (CBS)

Detectives searched California Waste Solutions in Oakland on May 8, 2013 after a human skull was found by workers at the facility. (CBS)

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OAKLAND (CBS/AP) — Police say a human head found in a load of recycling debris at a facility in Oakland probably came from outside the city and may have been that of a homicide victim.

Investigators tell the San Francisco Chronicle that the person apparently had been dead for months or years.

Workers at California Waste Solutions discovered the mummified skull Wednesday in a load dropped off for recycling.

Authorities have not determined if the head came from a man or woman. The Alameda County coroner will conduct an autopsy.

Cadaver dogs searched the area but did not find any other human remains.

California Waste Solutions processes recycling material from across the San Francisco Bay Area.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed)

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