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Police release preliminary findings on skull in creek

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.

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