Bag full of human skulls found in Zuid-Holland river
On Sunday, a fisherman found a bag full of human skulls in the Spui river near Zuidland. This after he had already called the police because he found multiple skulls in the river on Friday. A police spokesperson said the collection of 10 to 15 skulls does not seem to be evidence of a recent crime.
On Friday, Erik Sagan took his canoe to go fishing near Zuidland when he noticed something that looked like a skull next to his foot. "I thought: is this real or not? There was a bag with it, so I suspected the worst. And yes, there were more skulls and lower jaws in there," he said to Rijnmond. He called the police, who came to retrieve the skulls for investigation.
Sagan went back to the water for peace of mind on Sunday, he said. "I wanted to get rid of the fear that was haunting my head," he said. It was bad luck for him, as he found another bag of skulls and again had to call the police.
The forensic team told Erik that the skulls seemed old, and they found glue residue on them. "So it was probably a hobbyist, a collector. It's a weird hobby," Erik said. "For some reason, that person apparently wanted to get rid of it."
Police confirmed on Monday that the human skulls found in the water are too old to be identified. Research by the Dutch Forensic Institute shows that these skulls are more than a hundred years old. "Unfortunately, DNA testing is no longer possible," the police said.
In het Spui bij Zuidland zijn vrijdag en vandaag tientallen botresten gevonden, waaronder meer dan tien schedels. De Forensische Opsporing en Zeehavenpolitie hebben de resten veiliggesteld voor onderzoek.https://t.co/j1Ln7g5g5h pic.twitter.com/7AY1t1hPiD— MediaTV (@mediatvnl) January 23, 2022
Menselijke schedels aangetroffen, politie sluit recent misdrijf uit.https://t.co/5mDtDOBDoF— NL Nieuws (@NieuwsNu123) January 23, 2022
In het water bij Zuidland, in Zuid-Holland, zijn menselijke schedels aangetroffen. De politie gaat niet uit van een recent misdrijf. “De schedels lijken al wat ouder te zijn”, z... pic.twitter.com/YrBrJbKa4n