Investigators now say the human skull found Wednesday night in Woolmarket was apparently a murder victim.
A 7-year-old boy found the skull just before dusk Wednesday in a wooded area off Highway 67. The boy who made the grisly discovery is the nephew of a construction worker, who was clearing a tract of land.
Thursday, Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove and Biloxi police returned to the site looking for more remains. Their investigation turned up a significant amount of the victim's skeleton.
"It appears to be a 30 to 40 year old male," Hargrove says. "The individual had been here for a couple of years. He apparently died from gunshot wounds.
Hargrove is now reviewing the remains at a local funeral home. There is no indication yet as to when he might be able to identify the victim.