A "painted and drawn on" human skull was found earlier this month in Northern Virginia, officials say.
The skull was found Saturday, Oct. 6 in a wooded area near W. Church Road and N. Aspen Avenue in Sterling, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said Thursday. The location is near an elementary school.
A medical examiner determined the skull dates to the early to mid-1900, according to the sheriff's office. It had no identifying characteristics, and it was unknown who painted and drew on it.
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"It remains unclear as to where the skull came from and why it was in the area," the sheriff's office said in a statement.
Police said there was no indication of foul play, and no threat to the community.
The sheriff's office previously said a deputy found the human remains while on patrol.