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JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A death investigation is underway after a human skull was found Thursday night by a man who was fishing the Little Conemaugh River in Conemaugh Township, Cambria County, authorities said Friday.

The skull was found around 8 p.m. in a remote area of the township, Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees said.

“A man fishing in the area noticed what he thought was a skull and called 911,” Lees said.

Lees said he is working with forensic anthropologist Dennis Dirkmaat, from Mercyhurst University in Erie, and Michael Rice, a forensic dentist in Westmont, in an effort to identify the skull.

“This is an active investigation,” Lees said.

Local police and fire departments were at the scene, Cambria County District Attorney Gregory Neugebauer said.

As of 2 p.m. Friday, no manner or cause of death had been determined, Lees said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Cambria County non-emergency number, 814-472-2100.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 532-5061. Follow him on Twitter @PatBuchnowskiTD.

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