WYANDOTTE – Ottawa County Sheriff Jeremy Floyd confirmed a human skull was found on Friday, July 14, in the Sycamore Valley area outside of Wyandotte in Ottawa County.
The address of the location is not being released due to the ongoing investigation, but other unnamed sources indicate the skull was found along the drive of a residence and was discovered by someone visiting there.
“The sheriff office investigators and myself arrived to find what appeared to be a human skull,” Floyd said in a press release. “The ME's (medical examiner) Office was called and they responded and recovered the skull as evidence and confirmed the skull to be human.”
Floyd said an additional bone located in close proximity to the human skull was identified as cow bone.
Additional searches were conducted throughout the area for human, since the discovery and throughout the weekend, according to Floyd.
“An additional human bone was located, what appeared to be a hip bone but not confirmed, on Sunday,” Floyd said.
On Monday, July 17, investigators continued to search the area, with assistance from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol pilots who searched for additional clues from the air.
“Cadaver dogs, search teams, and ATVs are being brought in Tuesday morning, the earliest we could obtain this service, to assist in combing the area in hopes to conclude our investigation,” Floyd said.
Floyd answered questions in his press release regarding a man reported missing on June 30.
Clifford Eli Moss has been missing since approximately 2 p.m., Friday, June 30. He was last seen walking south of the Wyandotte area of Sycamore Bridge wearing red gym shorts, no shirt with sandals.
Moss is 5 feet 4 inches, 190 pounds, brown hair and eyes and has a tattoo of a bird in his right forearm, according to Moss's cousin Cyndie Whitetree.
“There has been rumor and speculation that the remains found belong to the missing male adult subject identified as Eli Moss," Floyd said in his release. "Mr. Moss was reported missing on June 30, 2017.
"At this time we cannot confirm nor repudiate this claim until the Medical Examiner's Office concludes their identification process through DNA, medical and dental records, etc.
"The Sheriff's Office is not assuming the human remains do in fact belong to Mr. Eli Moss and his disappearance is still ongoing and being actively investigating."