Human skulls discovered at Oregon recycling center

Human skulls discovered at Oregon recycling center
Workers at the recycling center discovered the skulls on Jan. 16. (Photo by Marion County Sheriff's Office)

BROOKS, Ore. -- Sheriff's deputies say two human skulls found at a recycling center in Brooks belonged to an Oregon man who found them while prospecting for gold in the Philippines decades ago.

Workers at the recycling center discovered them on Jan. 16 and quickly called both the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the state medical examiner.

Deputies said Frank Shriver's relatives knew about the skulls. Shriver apparently obtained them while in the Philippines prior to the Japanese invasion during World War II. He died in 1991 and the skulls were passed on to his son. They were accidentally thrown out and wound up at the recycling center.

The skulls will be studied by a Portland anthropologist. They will either be cremated or stored at the medical examiner's office.