Solved The mystery of the Totnes skulls found behind a supermarket

first_imgThe mystery of the Totnes skulls has been solved after a homeless man came forward to say the pair found near an derelict supermarket belonged to him.Workmen were clearing a vagrant camp behind a former Budgens supermarket in the Devon town when they stumbled across the first of the 100-year-old skulls.Police were called to the site in Totnes on Monday, only to be told another skull had been found nearby, on the banks of the River Dart. “I’d imagine they were acquired from one of his friends in the vagrant community.”One of the skulls is that of a man and the other belonged to a woman and still has some hair attached to it.Both have now been sent to the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at the University of Dundee to be properly dated, though it is believed from initial assessment they were between 60 and 100 years old. Police say the skulls have been examined by specialist officers and are believed to be up to 100 years oldCredit:Totnes Police / SWNS.com Workmen made their grisly discovery behind an empty Budgens building in Fore Street (pictured), in Totnes, DevonCredit:APEX Workmen made their grisly discovery behind an empty Budgens building in Fore Street (pictured), in Totnes, Devoncenter_img Sgt Tim Perrin, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said a homeless man living at the camp had satisfied police that the skulls belong to him and no criminal investigation was underway.He said: “A clear out job was taking place after a group of people had been found sleeping rough behind the old Budgens supermarket.”That was when the workers found a skull in the carrier bag before a person staying there said ‘what are you doing with my skull?’ He then led us down to the river bank where another skull was found.”There is no criminal investigation taking place and as long as the coroner has no interest in them then they should be able to go back to the person who owns them. Police say the skulls have been examined by specialist officers and are believed to be up to 100 years old Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img