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Border Patrol agent finds human skull

DULZURA, Calif. –  A human skull was found in Dulzura Friday by a U.S. Border Patrol agent who was tracking an illegal border crosser, the medical examiner’s office announced Sunday.

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department and medical examiner’s office were notified and recovered the remains on Saturday.

During the search of the area, a long bone was located close to where the skull was found. No other remains were found, the medical examiner’s office said.

It was the second human skull that was discovered in San Diego County on the same day.

A group of people clearing brush near Lake Hodges Friday came across a skull that may have been that of a woman whose partial remains were found a year ago in the same general location.

The discovery off Lake Drive and Maple Lane in the Del Dios area was reported shortly before 8:30 a.m.

Homicide detectives went to the scene to search for any signs of suspicious circumstances connected to the death.

Investigators believe the skull may be that of San Diego resident Marisol Lopez, part of whose decomposed body was found near a walking trail in the area last Oct. 17, sheriff’s Lt. Kenneth Nelson told reporters.

Lopez, 29, had been reported missing weeks earlier. The county medical examiner’s office was able to identify the remains as hers but could not determine her cause of death.

If the skull turns out to be Lopez’s, its discovery may allow investigators to finally determined how she died, the lieutenant said.