Skull found in wooded area in East Lyme

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EAST LYME, Conn. (WTNH) — Officials with the Connecticut State Police have confirmed to News 8 that possible human remains have been found on Sleepy Hollow Road in East Lyme.

The scene is on Sleepy Hollow Road at Van Winkle Way in the shoreline town. Officials say a skull was found by a passerby just past the entrance into Sleepy Hollow Hills, an active adult community that first opened in 2010.

Police say they were called to the scene at 6:52 Monday morning on the report that a ‘suspicious item’ had been found in the area. Troopers are being assisted by East Lyme Police. The Eastern District Major Crime Scene Unit arrived at the location at around 12:30 this afternoon. Investigators focused their efforts on a wooded area and a K-9 was called in to help search for evidence and more remains.

“Word gets out  that something was discovered up here and obviously people get concerned for their well-being and the well-being of their families. We just wanna assure them right now that they all can rest assured and stay confidant that it’s perfectly safe and the police are investigating it thoroughly,” said Deputy First Selectman Kevin Seery.

Gisele Styren lives in the home closest to the entrance of the subdivision. She first became aware of the situation around 7:30 a.m.

“I came down to get my mail and I looked up the street and I saw all these cop cars which I never see so I figured something was going on,” said Styren.

Styren described the neighborhood as quiet with an occasional disruption from teenagers who congregate in a wooded area on the street.

“This was quite a surprise to hear about this. It’s a little unnerving,” said Styren.

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