By Katy Rogers
A human skull was discovered in the Rover Street area on National Grid Property in Everett on Thursday morning, July 7.
A worker discovered the human remains in a dirt pile while on the clock. Police were alerted immediately, responding to the scene.
Following a preliminary investigation, District Attorney Marian Ryan, was on location later that evening to speak with press. She shared that a painstaking search had been going on throughout the day on Thursday, and they did locate what appeared to be the remainder of the skeleton, in relatively intact condition.
“We will continue our examination to determine sex, race, age. We know at this point, it appears on the preliminary examination of the scene, that the body has been there one to several years,” Ryan explained, further adding that the initial evidence leads them to suspect the skeleton was female, due to potential personal items that were uncovered in close proximity.
It is uncertain whether these personal items are linked to the skeleton, or are of any value to the investigation, as this is an area where dirt is regularly brought in, processed, and removed.
That said, the preliminary investigation suggests the skeleton was here, and not trucked in.
Ryan described the matter as “A suspicious death,” adding, “the location, the body, and some of the circumstances surrounding the initial discovery of what we found,” lead investigators to believe there is a sinister side to the story.
The cause of death has yet to be determined.
Ryan shared that upon further investigation, they will get a better examination of the skeleton to determine its age, and a time frame that may lead them to be able to search potential surveillance cameras.
“This could be several years that this has been here,” she explained, saying that further investigation on the timeline of the potential incident is necessary before turning to cameras – if they are available.
As the investigation continues surrounding the suspicious death, Everett residents await further details to unveil the backstory over the next several days.