By Associated Press - Monday, August 10, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS, Va. (AP) - Police say a partial human skull found along the James River is from the 19th century.

The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that the skull likely was washed out of a grave and carried downstream.

The skull’s age was determined following a review by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and consultation by an anthropologist and an archaeologist.

The sheriff’s office says in a news release that it has closed the investigation.

A Madison Heights couple found the skull in May in the Galt’s Mill area. An acquaintance notified the sheriff’s office on July 14 after the couple showed the skull to them. Investigators obtained a search warrant and seized the skull.

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