Police release preliminary findings on skull in creek

Examination of a skull found in a creek in southwestern Sedgwick County suggests it is from an African-American woman who was 18 to 25 years old, the Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

In addition to releasing some preliminary findings from an anthropology expert, authorities are seeking tips to help them identify the woman.

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.

At this point, investigators have no idea whether the woman was from this area, he 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 South and 343rd West, near Viola, 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.