A partial human skull found in Clay County could be decades old, Kentucky State Police said Tuesday.
U.S. Forest Service officers found the remains early Monday evening while on their way to fight a forest fire in Clay County, according to state police at the London post.
State police said they received a call about 6:30 p.m. Monday alerting them to the find.
A state police detective went there and recovered what appeared to be partial human skull.
"Preliminary investigation reveals that the remains appear to have been there for years, possibly even decades," state police said in a news release.
The remains were found near an old cemetery off Ephraim Creek Road west of Manchester, according to police.
The remains were sent to the state medical examiner's office in Frankfort for examination by a forensic pathologist. There was no report of findings by early Tuesday afternoon, said Trooper Lloyd Cochran, public affairs officers with the London post.
"We're hoping for some indication as to how long it had been there, and how long it had been exposed to the elements," Cochran said. "We think it had been there at least two decades."
Cochran said it's possible that remains from the cemetery could have been dug up or disturbed by animals years ago.