Skull found on fireplace mantle that of missing Tennessee man

by: Robert Holder and Nexstar Media Wire

Posted: Oct 27, 2020 / 7:32 am EDT
Updated: October 27, 2020 / 7:32 am EDT

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WARTBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – A skull coiled on a Tennessee resident’s fireplace mantle belonged to a man who has been missing since September 2012. A DNA test showed this.

According to Attorney General Russell Johnson, the Morgan County Sheriff’s office found the skull wearing sunglasses after receiving a tip. The Morgan County resident who had the skull said someone else found it in the Gobey area, less than 10 miles to the northeast, in March 2019.

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A DNA test by the Knox County’s Regional Forensics Center and the University of Tennessee’s Department of Anthropology found it to belong to Junior Willie McCann. The match was made using DNA from McCann’s family members.

“Speculation and rumors suggest that Junior Willie McCann may have been killed by a family member who has since passed away,” Johnson wrote in a statement.

Investigators carried out an “extensive search” in the area where the skull is said to have been found. Authorities are now reaching out to the public for information about McCann’s death.

No arrests had been made by Monday evening.

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