Tales From the Crypt

One Texan keeps it weird with macabre Goodwill donation

One Texan keeps it weird with macabre Goodwill donation

One Austinite is keeping things weird with a bizarre charitable donation. On August 27, the Austin Police Department issued a statement asking for the public's assistance in locating a person who donated a human skull to a Goodwill on North Lamar Boulevard.

Detective Derek Israel of the homicide unit stated during a press conference that the skull was discovered by Goodwill employees on July 16. The charity then contacted APD, who turned over the skull to the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office. 

"The medical examiner here in Travis County has a responsibility to try to identify the identity of any human remains and the circumstances under which the person died," said Israel. "So they requested the assistance of the police department in trying to find out who the person is that made this donation."

The skull and its container could have been donated at any time this year. And because items can simply be dropped of at Goodwill, there is no paperwork or receipt to help identify the person who donated the skull. It was handled by several employees, so it would be difficult to identify anyone through fingerprints.

The medical examiner's office hasn't released a report on the skull, but Israel said it belonged to an adult. At this time, it is not believed to be involved in any crime or foul play; it's more likely that the skull was part of a private collection or an anatomical model.

"I'm sure that person's going to remember having donated that," said Israel. 

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Austin police are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a person who donated a human skull to a local Goodwill. Photo via Huffingtonpost.com