Sedgwick County sheriff's investigators today provided some preliminary findings involving a human skull found in a creek last month, and they are seeking tips.
"After a week of examination, the preliminary finding from the anthropology expert suggests that the skull is from a female of African-American descent between the ages of 18 to 25," the Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
The skull is thought to have been at the location for one to 15 years, the Sheriff's Office said.
The investigation has yet to determine a cause of death, sheriff's Lt. Jay McLaurian said.
"We're trying to identify her and go from there," McLaurian said.
Later this week, investigators will give the skull to a forensic dentist for more examination.
On April 29, sheriff's investigators went to the area around 103rd Street South and 343rd Street West after campers found a skull in a nearby creek.
Investigators are asking that anyone with information contact a sheriff's detective at 316-660-5300 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111 or to Crime Stoppers by text message to: crimes (264637), enter TIP217 followed by the message, or go to www.wichitasedgwickcountycrimestoppers.com.