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Vt. police say ID of Danby skull could take time

February 16, 2012
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DANBY, Vt.—It could be some time before investigators are able to determine the identity of a young woman's skull found by the side of the road in Danby, the Vermont State Police said Thursday.

Detectives and others who scoured the area along Danby Hill Road on Wednesday where the skull was found by a passer-by three days earlier, found no additional clues that could help lead to its identify. However, an examination by the office of the Vermont Medical Examiner found trauma that indicated the woman could have been the victim of a crime.

The deteriorated skull is believed to be that of a young adult Caucasian female.

Police are checking missing persons cases and they noted two Vermont cases that fit the profile: the 1991 disappearance of Heidi Wilbur from Middletown Springs, and the 2004 disappearance in Montgomery of Brianna Maitland, both 17 when they disappeared.

But police cautioned the skull could belong to that of a person who was never reported missing or someone from out-of-state.

Wilbur, who had a history of running away from home, disappeared from her Middletown Springs home in 1991, but has never made contact with family or friends. Over the years there were a number of unconfirmed sightings of her, but she was never found.

Maitland was last seen when she got out of work at the Black Lantern Inn in Montgomery at 11:20 p.m. on March 19, 2004. The next day, her car was found about a mile away smashed into an abandoned barn. She was reported missing four days later.

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