Española Police Department officers responded to Calle las Tunas for a homeowner who believed their dog had brought home a human skull.
Carol Gallegos told Officer Isaac Anaya her son came running into the house yelling there were bones in the front yard. She said she didn’t think much of it as her dogs roam the field behind her house and sometimes bring animal bones to the yard.
Anaya checked the skull sitting in the yard and “identified it as a human skull from past experience with law enforcement training.” He then contacted Sgt. Cody Martinez and secured the area around the skull.
A neighbor had a surveillance system but after reviewing some of it Anaya was told it was a motion sensor system and would not turn on for something as small as a dog.
He contacted the Office of Medical Investigators and Lindsey Baca was dispatched. Baca arrived a short time later and confirmed it was indeed a human skull.
It was sent to Albuquerque for further examination and investigation.