A member or the public walking their dog has made an awful and shocking discovery on the outskirts of Hartlepool.
Police say that five pieces of vertebrae were discovered close to the skull.
A investigation has been launched by Cleveland Police are investigating it as ‘unexplained’.
Police forensic teams and a specialist anthropologist have been at the scene.
It is believed the skull belongs to a male who would have died four to five years ago, aged around 40.
The skull has no damage features and all teeth are intact.
DNA tests are now being carried out to establish the identity of the skull.