200-year-old human skull found in Burlingame dumpster

A human skull found in a dumpster outside a Burlingame hotel is that of a man in his 40s who lived about 200 years ago, the San Mateo County Coroner's Office reported Wednesday.

San Bruno Garbage Company workers called the Burlingame Police Department at about 8:30 a.m. Friday after they discovered the skull while emptying their trucks of a morning load, according to Burlingame police Cmdr. Mike Matteucci.

Despite its age, the skull “is in very good shape and very clean,” Matteucci said.

After talking with the garbage collectors, police determined the skull had been taken from a dumpster outside Burlingame's only Hyatt Regency, located at 1333 Bayshore Highway near the San Francisco International Airport, at about 5:45 a.m. that day, Matteucci said.

One worker said a cache of Halloween items was inside the same dumpster as the skull, according to Matteucci. Matteucci could not elaborate on the types of Halloween products found.

An archeologist who examined the skull ruled out its connection to any recent homicides and there will be no further investigation to determine if it was the skull of a murdered person.

“The problem is, it's 200 years old, so it (would) to be tough to find any witnesses to that one,” Matteucci said, chuckling. “Suspects, gone. Witnesses, gone.”

Bay City News and Examiner.com staff contributed to this report

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