Human skull found west of Gardner

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating after hunters found a human skull in a wooded area on private property west of Gardner.

The hunters notified authorities about 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Master Deputy Rick Howell said the skull appeared to have been exposed to the elements for several years. Crime scene investigators searched for other bones or evidence Monday night but did not find anything. The search will resume Tuesday morning. Officials will try to determine who the skull belonged to and if there was any foul play involved.