Coroner: Human skull, femur found in San Jose

SAN JOSE (KRON) — Skeletal remains were found along Interstate Highway 280 near San Jose City College on Thursday evening, the second set of decomposing remains
found in the county in two days.

The remains on the freeway were discovered at about 6:30 p.m. by a woman who walked over to the highway area from the intersection of Richmond and Moorpark avenues, California Highway Patrol Officer Ross Lee said.

A woman who lost her cell phone jumped a fence to retrieve it and found a human skull on the embankment next to the highway, Lee said.

The woman called San Jose police, who called firefighters and the CHP. They cut a hole in the fence and found the skull along with what appeared to be a human femur, Lee said.

The county medical examiner’s office responded to take the remains. Investigators are still working to determine the identity and cause of death.

Those badly decomposed remains were found sometime before 4 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Santa Teresa Boulevard and Castro Valley Road, according to the sheriff’s office.

The coroner’s office could not say if the skeletal remains are that of a man or woman, and it could not confirm the age of the remains.

This comes one day after the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to KRON that human remains were found in an unincorporated area of Santa Clara County near Gilroy on Wednesday afternoon, Sgt. James Jensen said.

There was some speculation that the remains could be of missing Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar, who is believed to have been murdered in 2012, but investigators concluded they were not her remains based on dental work.

Bay City News contributed to this article

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