A horrified charity shop manager called in police when she found a grisly human skull left on the donations box.
The grim donation – still with a blue glass eye and six rotten teeth in the upper jaw – had been left at the Goodwill branch in Goodyear, Arizona State, USA.
Police forensic experts have declared the skull genuine and are investigating where it came from, reports local media.
Goodyear Police Department (GYPD) Public Information Officer Lisa Berry said in a statement obtained by Newsflash: “A Goodwill manager at the Sarival and Yuma location reported finding what appeared to be a human skull in a donation box.
“This is an unusual one.”
She said the skull was found in a donation box on Tuesday, 6th September among “other taxidermy items”.
However, tests by Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office show that although the skull is genuine it is probably historic.
Berry explained: “They did confirm that it is in fact a human skull, but at this point and this is preliminary it appears to be historic, ancient and it does not appear to have any forensic value at all.
“What that means is that no crime was really attached to this skull.”
But she said: “Goodwill did do the right thing. Anything suspicious should always be reported.”
Goodwill is an American non-profit whose charity shops sell off donated items to raise funds for job training and helping the needy.
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