The Peoria County Coroner has released an update into the investigation into a human skull found in Kingston Mines.
The skull, later determined to be that of an adult male, was found June 12 along the Illinois River at the River’s Edge Boating and Camping site.
Coroner Jamie Harwood says the Illinois State Police crime lab has determined the skull matches a human torso found in the Illinois River in Schuyler County Nov. 13. DNA taken from the skull matched samples taken from the torso.
The identity of the remains has not been determined. Harwood says his office, the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office and State Police are continuing their investigation with the identification of the remains of “great priority.”
Harwood says the individual suffered some kind of head trauma, however, “it is unclear whether it was an inflicted trauma, or one of an accidental nature.”
Anyone with information on the investigation is urged to call the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office (309-697-7822) or Crimestoppers (309-673-9000).