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News - September 14, 2011

Coroner reports another Native American skull found

by Dave Boyce

Another human skull believed to belong to a long dead Native American has been found, this time in the backyard of a home in the 1000 block of Croner Avenue in unincorporated West Menlo Park, authorities say.

A deputy from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office called in the Coroner's Office, and a deputy coroner estimated that the skull was "very old and of Native American descent," according to a Sheriff's Office report.

The deputy coroner collected and took possession of the skull and other remains found with it, the report said.

In July, a worker found part of what the Coroner's Office considered an old Native American skull while digging a trench near a swimming pool in the 100 block of Aliso Way in the unincorporated community of Ladera, a few miles to the west of West Menlo Park.

In that case, investigators found no other remains, just the partial skull.

As George Mader, a consultant to Portola Valley's planning department, said in July, Native American remains are not uncommon near creeks. In the Ladera case, the Los Trancos Creek runs nearby; in West Menlo Park, San Francisquito Creek is within a mile of the most recent discovery.

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