Skull found on fireplace mantle in Tennessee identified as missing man

Skull found on fireplace mantle in Tennessee identified as missing man
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MORGAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - A human skull, wearing sunglasses, found on a fireplace mantle in Morgan County in March 2019 has been identified as a man missing since 2012.

According to a release from District Attorney Russell Johnson, the skull was discovered in 2019 and placed on a fireplace mantle. It wasn’t until a year later that the sheriff’s office learned about the discovery.

Deputies retrieved the skull and sent it off for DNA testing by the Knox County Regional Forensics Center and the UT Department of Anthropology.

More than a year after the skull’s discovery, investigators say the skull was identified as that of Junior Will McCann, a man missing since September 2012.

Johnson said, “Speculation and rumor is that Junior McCann was possibly killed by a family member who is now deceased as well.”

The sheriff’s office asks anyone with information to call (423) 346-6262.

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