Boys find human skull on beach

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 June, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 June, 1993, 12:00am

TWO boys kept a human skull at their Discovery Bay home for two days before their mother alerted police.

Police searches led to the discovery of 54 bones at Yi Pak Wan, where the skull was found last Saturday.

The Deputy District Commander of Islands, Superintendent Len Sayer, said there was no indication to suggest the case was suspicious, although police found an identity card belonging to a missing woman near the bones.

He said the skull and the bones would be examined by pathologists.

Inquiries revealed the woman whose ID card was found had been reported missing last July from her home in Sai Ying Pun, Western.

The brothers, aged eight and nine, picked up the skull at Yi Pak Wan, north of Discovery Bay, on Saturday.

They took it home and asked their mother to wash it so they could take it to school.

The mother washed the skull but became worried and called police on Monday.

Police searched the beach and found the bones and a wallet containing the identity card.

Mr Sayer said: ''We have asked the Royal Observatory to provide us with dates of typhoons last year.

''It's possible a body was pounded by swells and washed ashore.''