Police: Human skull found in Tuscaloosa area belonged to man missing since 2015

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — A human skull that was found on the Tuscaloosa-Walker County belongs to a man who had gone missing four years earlier, police report.

On Feb. 10, the Violent Crimes Unit of the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office received a report about a hunter who had found a human skull in the woods near the Tuscaloosa-Walker County line and began an investigation. According to a press release sent by the unit, it was theorized that the remains possibly belonged to James Handley, who had been missing since April 2015.

An examination by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences confirmed Handley’s identity through DNA analysis of the skull.

“His family reported he was suffering from emotional distress at the time he went missing,” Lt. Jack Kennedy stated in the release. 

Kennedy said the case will remain open pending further investigation, but that no foul play is suspected at the moment.

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