Children from Kjósarhreppur parish by Medalfellsvatn lake outside Reykjavík found a bone when playing in an abandoned campsite near their farm on Sunday, which turned out to be a fraction of a human skull. Police were called to the scene.
Members of the technical department of the police arrived in the area in the evening and searched it thoroughly for further human remains, but found none, Morgunbladid reports.
A physician determined the bone was part of a human skull, possibly from a woman who died between ten and 30 years ago.
Yesterday the owner of the trailer which had been camped in the area until it was destroyed in a storm on New Year’s Eve came forward and said the bone had been among her belongings that were scattered in the storm.
She said she had thought it had been an animal bone and was shocked to learn that it had come from a human. She did not know where it came from originally; another person had brought it to her trailer.
Police would not reveal any theories about the origins of the bone other than saying that it was the top part of a skull which is usually removed during autopsy.