Human skull, bones found in Franklin County sinkhole

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SWITZER, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Franklin County Sheriff says a human skull and bones were found when a sink hole opened up, exposing what’s left of an old well on a farm in the Switzer community.

The sheriff says the bones have likely been there for years, possibly hundreds of years. He’s treating it like a homicide scene.

“That way if it is from a missing persons case or a homicide from years ago, we can gather any evidence and preserve any evidence that’s there today,” said Sheriff Pat Melton.

People who live on the farm tell ABC 36 that the sink hole opened up in the winter. Tuesday, a man mowing noticed the hole had gotten bigger. When he looked inside, he saw what looked like a human skull.

Crews spent much of Wednesday carefully digging and excavating. More bones were found and the coroner confirms they are human.

The sheriff says Native American artifacts dating back hundreds of years have been found on the farm.

The bones will be sent to the medical examiner’s office in Frankfort then head to Knoxville, Tennessee for an anthropologist to study. That is expected to take several weeks.

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