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We know how it is. You're skipping around in the sand on one of Washington's many glorious beaches in November, soaking up the balmy 40-degree

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Note to Island Residents: Don't Keep the Human Skulls You Find on the Beach

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We know how it is. You're skipping around in the sand on one of Washington's many glorious beaches in November, soaking up the balmy 40-degree weather, when you spot something round, gray, and showing signs of foul play: a human skull! It's your lucky day. Time to get this bad boy home to the garage where it will even out your Justin Bieber shrine perfectly. Well, sorry to rain on your creepy keepsake party, but hoarding human remains is actually illegal.

In the case of the Mercer Island resident who found a human skull on Whidbey Island and took it home for three months where it sat in a garage, there likely won't be any charges filed for tampering with the skull because the person 'fessed up of their own accord.

But Island County Sheriff's Office detectives think the skull belongs to a homicide victim (given that it was covered in marks that look like hatchet or machete strikes), and they plan to investigate further.

The Herald reports:

Medical experts have estimated that the skull belongs to a man who was between 18 and 35 and likely died within the last 10 years. The skull has two places where it sustained sharp force trauma from something such as an ax, hatchet or machete . . .

So remember, as tempting as it is to pick up the many random body parts that wash up on Washington state beaches, the old rule of thumb is:

If it's not human, take it for your room an'

If it's from a real person, it'll just make things worsen.

 
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