Police: Dog finds human skull near NM airport

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) - Gallup police says a family dog surprised its owner when it returned home with a deadly find - a human skull.

The Gallup Independent reports that the family beagle brought the human skull home after likely finding it somewhere near the Gallup airport Saturday.

Detective John Yearley, whose training is in forensic anthropology, said the skull appeared to have been buried for one to three years and belonged to a male between the ages of 35 and 45.

He also said that the skull was probably picked up by the dog near his home because a dog that size would not have carried it far without getting tired and abandoning it.

White said a search of the airport area Monday found a few more small bones.