Illinois Mystery: Kane County Coroner Seeks Funds to Identify Skull Found in Batavia Home


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Batavia, IL – In a bid to solve a decades-old mystery, Kane County Coroner Rob Russell is spearheading a fundraising initiative to identify a skull found in a Batavia home during a renovation in 1978. Discovered hidden within a wall, the skull, initially examined by the Northern Illinois University Anthropology Department, was identified as belonging to a female in her mid-twenties.

According to the Kane County Coroner’s Office, the tests conducted at the time suggested the skull had been concealed inside the home for many years. In a new effort to finally identify the woman and potentially bring closure to the case, the coroner’s office plans to apply contemporary DNA technology. The public is encouraged to support this endeavor through donations on, a social media platform dedicated to solving such mysteries through genetic analysis.


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