Two human skulls, a jawbone and several books on Satan and witchcraft turned up at the Stamford Refuge Transfer Station in Connecticut on Thursday.
An employee found the skulls while sifting through garbage. Police responded to the station at 1 Pumping Station Road after being alerted about the remains just before 1:30 p.m. Oct. 30.
Crews from Junkluggers, a New York-based junk removal company, thought the skulls were plastic decorations when they took them, along with occult paraphernalia, while doing a junk removal job.
They brought the items to the transfer station, the company said in an e-mail, but did not realize the skulls were real until making another trip to the dump and noticing police.
Eighty-nine-year-old Fairfield resident Robert DiVitto told the Associated Press on Friday that his now-deceased son bought the skulls "as a joke."
DiVitto said he wasn't aware the skulls were real.
He told the Hearst Media Group that his son Robert lived a "troubled life" before he died this month at the age of 56. It's not clear if Robert DiVitto knew the skulls were real.
Officers closed off the area to investigate and search the property. Police said they found a mandible and several books on Satan and witchcraft.
The remains were taken to the state’s medical examiner’s office this morning to examine further.