SES crews comb the dust under police instruction searching for more evidence after a skull was discovered.
SES crews comb the dust under police instruction searching for more evidence after a skull was discovered. Robyne Cuerel

Police searching missing persons lists after skull find

POLICE are searching missing persons logs as they work to identify the human skull and other remains unearthed on a Maryborough property on Thursday. 

It is not yet known how old the remains are or how or when the person died, and police did not rule out any cause of death on Friday, including foul play.

Police Detective Inspector David Briese said the police forensics unit was carrying out investigations at the site.

He said the finding was something that "didn't happen all the time" but the discovery had not prompted public safety concerns.

Det Insp Briese said a number of bones had been found at the scene as police and SES searched the property on Friday.

Because a bulldozer was used to move the land during fencing works, the bones were not found together.

The owners of the property made the shocking discovery at their property, off the Bruce Hwy about a kilometre from Deadman's Gully, after the contractor had been on the site.

Police said the remains were discovered when a female owner was checking on the work of the contractor about 6pm on Thursday.

Maryborough police Sergeant Warwick Guan said the owners immediately phoned police to report it.

"They had work done on the property fence line and went to check on the man's work when they located the skull," Sgt Guan said.

"Due to the work done by the contractor, he has unearthed the skull.

"Nothing else has been reported found and Maryborough police have been guarding the scene for the scenes of crime officers to investigate."

The search and forensic exploration are expected to continue.



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