The Ames police department is investigating a newly found human skull.
An Ames resident found the skull near the Skunk River just north of the old Carr Pool.
The skull and a fragment were located within inches of the water on a sandbar.
Authorities say the skull appears to be very old.
It’s now in the hands of the medical examiner and will be sent to a forensic expert.
Officials think it washed down the river during recent heavy rain.
If you have any information related to this incident you’re encouraged to contact Ames police.