Summit County Coroner investigates human skull found on Peak One
The Summit County Coroner’s Office is currently investigating a human skull found on the east slope of Peak One in Frisco last weekend. Coroner Regan Wood said the skull was found near the summit by a French couple bushwhacking down the mountain.
Her office was contacted on Tuesday, Aug. 11 after the Summit County Sheriff’s Office reported the finding. Officers conducted a thorough search of the area where the skull was found but did not discover any additional evidence or remains.
The coroner’s office is currently gathering information to send the skull to a forensic odontologist to help identify the individual.
“We will use dental records first for a comparison to be done by a forensic odontologist,” Wood said. “If we cannot identify the individual that way, then I will contact a forensic anthropologist.”
Sheriff John Minor said search-and-rescue crews would continue to search for more clues as to the identity of the individual. While teams had already searched a 1,000-foot perimeter around the site, it was found near some of the rugged cliff features on the east slope of Peak One.
“We will probably have to rely on some of our top-notch search-and-rescue staff with some really technical mountain skills,” Minor said. “Having done one of these before, it’s worse than trying to find a needle in a haystack.”
Several years ago, a skull was found in Ten Mile Canyon. Last year, one estimated to date back to the 1800s was discovered in a construction site in Vail.
Steve McAtee, the father of Jack McAtee — who went missing in Frisco last September — confirmed that the sheriff’s office had notified him of the finding.
“We don’t have any information yet,” Steve said. “I would call it inconsequential at this stage.”
Jack was last seen on Sept. 19, 2014, exiting the back door of St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco. He was wearing brown moccasins, jeans and a red pullover with no zipper, standing at 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 165 pounds. His blue Trek bike is also missing. More information is available at http://www.findjackmcatee.com.
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