Lawrence County investigators ask for assistance in decades old mystery

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MOUNT VERNON, Mo. -- The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in solving a decades old mystery.

Investigators say in the late 1980s, kids playing in the woods north of Verona, Mo. found a skull believed to be human. The kids told a parent. The parent told the kids to toss it back into the weeds. Many families since have lived in the area.

The skull has since disappeared.

Investigators hope someone with knowledge or possession of the skull shares information with them. If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Lt. Chris Berry at 417) 466-2131 ext. 2328 or by email at

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