Three human skulls turned up last month in a donation to a Goodwill store in Bellevue.
Employees at the store, located at 14515 N.E. 20th St., reported what they had found to the King County Medical Examiners Office.
Two of the skulls were clearly the kind used for medical or educational purposes, according to a statement from the medical examiner. Both were the skulls of adults.
“We could tell by the way that they were reconstructed and wired together that they were used in a clinical setting,” said Keith Seinfeld with Public Health — Seattle & King County.
The third was determined to be the very old and fragile remains of a Native American child, according to the medical examiner.
“The size of the skull indicated it was a juvenile and the shape of the skull was formed in a way that showed it had been formed by a cradle board, used in Native American customs,” Seinfeld said.
State law dictates that the Native American skull be returned to its tribe of origin, but for the child’s skull more information is needed to identify the correct tribe.
The examiner’s office is seeking help from the public to track down the person who donated the skull to provide details, without penalty, about the Native American skull.
Anyone with information about the three skulls should contact the King County Medical Examiner’s Office at 206-731-3232, ext. 1.