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FBI Examines Connell Skull

ADAMS COUNTY, Wash. - New developments surface on the human skull found near Connell this summer.

The Adams County Sheriff said DNA experts at the University of North Texas have examined the skull, but they could not extract enough DNA from the skull to identify it.  But the sheriff's office isn't giving up on finding out who the skull belongs to.

Detectives called the FBI and they're hoping federal DNA experts answer the question.

Back in August, Arnold Hudlow's grandson found the skull in a field just North of Connell. Some investigators considered it could be 4-year-old Sophia Juarez who went missing in 2003. But the skull was badly burnt and didn't leave enough DNA for experts to find out.

The Adams County Sheriff said he will continue to push for answers.

"Unless we identify whose remains those were there's no forward progress in the investigation so the identification is critical."

The sheriff turned over the skull to FBI agents a week ago. He anticipates the FBI will ship it to their national forensics lab in Virginia. The sheriff does not know when he will find out the results of the DNA testing.