NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WFXG) - A human skull found at the North Augusta Recycling Center belonged to the biology department at North Augusta High School, according to police.
The skull was found on June 10 on a conveyor belt at the recycling center, but Lt. Tim Thornton with the North Augusta Department of Public Safety said they're not sure how it ended up there.
The skull was sent to the Aiken County Coroner's Office for analysis after it was found, Thornton said. The coroner determined it was a real human skull. It appeared to be old and had spray paint on it.
The day after it was found, a man called police and said that he remembered the skull from school. The former student gave a detailed description of the skull, and based on that description, the coroner determined that it belonged to the school and no further investigation would follow.
The former student said that the skull was the target of senior pranks every few years and would disappear and re-appear. Thornton said the student recalled last hearing the skull had been taken but never returned.