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FBI Fails to Identify Skull Found in Connell Field

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RITZVILLE, Wash.- After several attempts, an FBI lab was unable to harvest DNA from the skull found in a field just north of Connell last August.

The FBI says environmental conditions and the age of the child made it impossible for them to get any DNA from the bones.

There were two problems they ran into.  The skull was exposed to the environment for too long, including being burnt in a grass fire.  The skull is also that of a child, which means it's thinner and harder to get DNA.  A lab in Texas was already unsuccessful in extracting a sample and the FBI lab spent months trying, unsuccessfully, to get a usable sample.

"They've had it for several months and they've made several attempts at extracting DNA and they've been unsuccessful at this time," said Adams County Sheriff Doug Barger.

The FBI will keep the skull at their lab in the hopes new technologies will allow them to identify it in the future.

They might also try to carbon date the skull to determine how long it had been there, but even with that, they can't ID it and they can only tell if it's less than 200 years old.