Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler said a human skull was found Monday morning in Newton County. The skull was located by a local resident southwest of Sam's Throne near Mt. Judea on U.S. Forest Service land.

Wheeler said the skull was the only thing found so far, but Investigators are continuing to search the area for other remains.

"At this point we don't have an official identification on who this is," Wheeler said. "The skull has been submitted to the Medical Examiner's Office to try and obtain an identity or compare it to known missing person cases." Wheeler said the skull was found near an area that was the subject of a multi-week, large-scale search for a missing woman last June.

Pamela Samuels-Lauro was reporting missing from Garland County, Arkansas on June 3rd, 2019 and her pickup was found near Sam's Throne a few days later, prompting authorities to search the area extensively for weeks.

"We can't say if this is Pamela or not, but I have notified the family of the information just in case," Wheeler said.

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