Bull Valley resident Leanne See-Garcia's 12-year-old son, Tarren, was waiting for the school bus early Tuesday morning when he found the skull near the family's mailbox at 1500 Cherry Valley Lane. Hours after the discovery, Bull Valley police responded, calling in several nearby agencies, such as the McHenry County Coroner and the sheriff's offices, to help with the investigation. During a search of the Garcia's yard, police discovered a second skull near some pine trees at the edge of the property. Both human skulls appear to be very old.
The first of two human skulls recovered in a small McHenry County town Tuesday was found by a 12-year-old boy, police said.
Bull Valley resident Leanne See-Garcia's son, Tarren, was waiting for the school bus at about 7:50 a.m. when he found the skull near the family's mailbox at 1500 Cherry Valley Lane, police said.
Bull Valley Police officials were contacted and during a search of the Garcias' yard, police found a second skull by some pine trees near the property line.
Police searched Tuesday until they lost sunlight, officials said. They returned at about 8 a.m. Wednesday.
The McHenry County Coroner’s Office confirmed the remains are two human skulls, and police conducted a full search of the area Wednesday morning with sniffing dogs for additional evidence.
Police concluded the skulls had been there for quite a while and residents shouldn't be alarmed.
"There is no danger to the community at this time," the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. "At this point in the investigation, we believe the remains found have no relation to any open missing person’s investigation."
Police said they will not return to the property on Thursday, opting to wait for a forensic anthropologist to look at the remains before determining their next move.