Military investigates human skull found at Joint Base Lewis-McChord
SPANAWAY, Wash. — The military is investigating the discovery of a human skull found by a civilian walking in a training area at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM).
A civilian walking in a training area along Highway 507 near the intersection with Highway 7, also known as Roy Y, discovered the skull at about 1 p.m., a JBLM spokesman said.
KING 5 News reported that the skull was found about 150 feet from a barb wire fence that separates JBLM from Highway 507.
According to agents from the criminal investigations division it’s too early to know who the skull beloged to. They went over the scene Wednesday night and were expected to be back out Thursday morning.
No other human remains have been found, agents said.
“We don’t know how long it’s been there. We don’t have any information on male or female,” said JBLM spokesman Joseph Piek.”
“We have no information on age, so we’re hoping sometime in the future through some forensics, make some determination on who this skull belonged to,” Piek said.
To secure the crime scene JBLM stationed a soldier at the scene Wednesday night.
According to the JBLM website, a joint base is the consolidation of two of more installations of different services into one base. These installations share a common boundary or are close to each other.
The purpose for joint basing
Within the Department of Defense, installations use military, civilians, and contractors to perform common installation support functions. All installations perform these functions using similar processes. Joint basing is an opportunity to achieve efficiencies in operating the installations and other savings from the consolidation of future service contracts.
Joint bases are also seen as installations to support war-fighting missions with the primary objective of preserving or enhancing the ability to support combat operations. They provide an opportunity to more efficiently and effectively support military units and missions, increase operational readiness and facilitate new ways of doing business.
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