OAKLAND, California (KGO) –
What initially looked like a Halloween prank is now a suspicious death check after someone delivered a human skull to the Oakland Police Department on Friday morning.
People in the West Oakland neighborhood are in shock about the discovery of the skull.
"I am very sad, I am very sad about it," said neighbor Fentahun Biwota, as told about the skull.
Sky 7 showed the backyard on West and 29th Streets, where two people visiting the house found it within sight.
"It was decomposed and had a little meat on it," said Oakland Police Department Sgt. Michael Cardoza
What people did next surprised even experienced officers.
"They thought it was really enough that we needed to be alerted immediately," Cardoza said.
The people who discovered the decay brought it to the city center to the police station. At first the officers thought it might be a joke because they were so close to Halloween, but when they went out and looked in the car, they knew the head was real.
"I can say, in my years of service, I never had a human skull taken to the police station," Cardoza said.
Alameda County Coroner Bureau is now working to identify identity and cause of death.
"I'm not saying anything goes wrong here Apart from how it got here, we're working on it," Cardoza said.
The mystery becomes more difficult because the skull was moved.
"When I find it, I have to call the police first. I touch it," said neighbor Biwota, a feeling that was repeated by other neighbors.
The police are investigating the cases of missing persons, working to find the rest of the body and asking someone for information.
Oakland police said anyone with information on the matter should call their murder cadence at (51
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