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Human Remains Could be Those of Missing BYU Student Brooke Wilberger

However, the Lincoln City Sheriff’s office says the skull could be connected to one of the county’s 70 missing persons cases.

Brooke Wilberger
Brooke Wliberger has been missing since 2004

(LINCOLN CITY) - Loggers working on Forest Service Road 1726 near Devils Lake just outside Lincoln City discovered a human skull Thursday.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Curtis Landers says investigators have not ruled out the possibility that the remains belong to Brooke Wilberger.

However, and more importantly, Landers said the remains could be those of one of the county’s 70 missing persons cases.

“We don’t have a sex or age, we just don’t know who it is” Landers said.

Currently loggers are removing large logs from the logging site were the skull was found, and that should be completed by the end of the week.

Beginning next week, investigators will comb through the area to see if the can find more evidence or remains.

No clothing or any other signs that the skull belonged to Wilberger have been found.

The skull is scheduled to go to the State Medical Examiners office next week.

Wilberger disappeared from Corvallis in May of 2004 and despite a massive search, was never found.

Joel Patrick Courtney, from New Mexico has been charged with Wilberger’s murder.

What is raising the media’s suspicion that the remains could be those of Wilberger is the fact that Courtney was scheduled to be in a Newport courtroom to face a drunk driving charge the day Wilberger disappeared.

Courtney called the court clerk and told her that he could not make his court appearance because he was in Corvallis.

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