A Skull Sat on Fireplace Mantel with Sunglasses on It — and Now Police Say It Was Missing Man
A Tennessee man missing since 2012 is confirmed dead after police claim he found his skull on a mantelpiece with sunglasses on.
The Morgan County Sheriff's office did not disclose how it learned about the skull, why it was kept as a keepsake, or who attached the glasses to it.
In a Facebook post on Monday, Attorney General Russell Johnson said tests on the human skull using DNA from family members of 79-year-old junior Willie McCann, who went missing in September 2012, had proven it was his.
"Speculation and rumors suggest that Junior Willie McCann may have been killed by a family member who has since passed away," Johnson wrote in his post.
A call from PEOPLE to the sheriff's office on Tuesday was not returned immediately.
Johnson said the skull was allegedly discovered in the county in March 2019 and later placed on the mantelpiece by an unnamed "someone", where it "remained until the sheriff's office was informed of its existence".
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The sheriff's office then retrieved the skull and sent it for testing by the Knox County's regional forensic center and the University of Tennessee's Department of Anthropology, who determined it was linked to the unresolved investigation into McCann's disappearance.
McCann, who lived in the Gobey area of Morgan County where the skull was allegedly found, had not been seen since September 9, 2012, WBIR reports.
Authorities conducted what Johnson called an "extensive search" of the area where the skull was taken, "according to the man who allegedly found it," but did not reveal any additional findings.
Morgan County Sheriff Wayne Potter has asked anyone with information about McCann or any other missing person to call the office at (423) 346-6262.
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