SALEM Workers at a Salem recycling center were surprised to find a box of human skulls, but after contacting authorities, investigators learned the skulls belonged to a deceased North Bend man.

Workers at the Marion Recycling Center Incorporated in the 3600 Block of Brooklake Road NE brought plant operations to a halt and called deputies after they discovered two skulls in a cardboard box, said Sgt. Chris Baldridge with the Marion County Sheriff s Office.

After a lengthy investigation by deputies and the Oregon State Medical Examiner s Office, authorities learned the skulls belonged to Frank Shriver who died in 1991.

Shriver picked up the skulls while prospecting for gold in the Philippines just before the Japanese invasion during World War II. Shriver s family knew of the skulls and said they were last with his son who lived in Salem and were likely accidentally thrown out, Baldridge said.

The skulls were taken to be studied by a Forensic Anthropologist in Portland.

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