Human skull in forest may have been there over 10 years


Police have confirmed the bones found at a regional state forest earlier this week are human remains.

Forensic officers were called to the Durikai State Forest in Palgrave, around 30km southwest of Warwick after a hiker stumbled across a skull and other bones on Monday.

Police have today confirmed the bones are human, and could have been in the area for over a decade.

A Queensland Police Service spokesperson wrote in a statement to The Courier-Mail the bones will undergo scientific testing and DNA cross referencing.

"Investigations are continuing after a member of the public located human remains in the Durikai State Forest, along Forestry Road at around 1.30pm on October 5," the statement said.

"An investigation has been commenced to establish the identity of those remains which are believed to have been there for some time, potentially more than a decade."

"The bones will now be scientifically examined and cross referenced to establish if they relate to anyone reported missing in the local area."

News Corp understands the remains are believed to be a woman.

Investigations are ongoing and anyone with information relating to the investigation is encouraged to contact police.

Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000

Originally published as Human skull in forest may have been there over 10 years