Workers at Marion Recycling Center Inc., were astonished to find two human skulls dumped out of a cardboard box to be prepared for recycling on Jan. 16.
After a lengthy investigation by Marion County Sheriffs Office and the Oregon State Medical Examiners Office, Sheriffs deputies were able to determine the skulls belonged to Frank Shriver, a resident of North Bend, who passed away in 1991.
The skulls were accidentally thrown out with recycling and ended up at the Marion County Waste to Energy Facility in Brooks.
The skulls were last with Shrivers son who lived in Salem.
According to family members, Shriver obtained the skulls while prospecting for gold in the Philippines prior to the Japanese invasion of World War II.
Family members knew of the skulls, but no one knew the reasoning behind Shriver obtaining them and never saw the skulls on display.
The two skulls were taken by a medical examiner who will transport them to a forensic anthropologist in Portland for further study.
Once the investigation is complete, the skulls will be cremated or stored at the State Medical Examiners Office.