Man helps mom clean out garage, finds human skull

A human skull -- but not the one found by Andrew Groeneveldt (flickr: Ben Francis)

A human skull -- but not the one found by Andrew Groeneveldt (flickr: Ben Francis)


Andrew Groeneveldt was pretty sure his mother didn't have any skeletons in her closet. But her garage was a different matter. He was helping her clean up when he found a plastic container. Inside, was a human skull.

The discovery, however, didn't come as much of a surprise. Groeneveldt grew up in Hinton, Alberta with stories of the skull. He tells As It Happens guest host Helen Mann, "I had a feeling in my gut that I knew what was in there."

The skull was part of family lore. According to the legend, Groeneveldt's father won the skull in a card game with a local police chief in the 1970's. Andrew Groeneveldt tells Helen, "the police officer had this skull from when he worked in Lloydminster. It had been found in a basement excavation."

He says, "I would love to find out where it came from."

RCMP in Hinton have done DNA tests on the skull. That revealed very little. Now, they're asking for the public's help.

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