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Human skull discovered by fishermen in central Sweden

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Human skull discovered by fishermen in central Sweden
The Svartån river, pictured running through Västerås, where the find was made. Photo: Björn Larsson Ask/SvD/TT
11:18 CET+01:00
Two people in central Sweden discovered what is believed to be a human skull while fishing at the weekend, prompting police to open a murder investigation.

"The people, who were out fishing, caught something, and on the hook was a human skull," police said in a statement.

The pair made the macabre discovery in the river Svartån, between Västerås and Skultuna, on Saturday afternoon.

The skull has been transported to a forensic medicine department in Uppsala where it will be tested further, but police said there was "the greatest likelihood" that it was a human skull.

Police have opened an investigation into murder and are carrying out further measures to determine whether a crime took place.

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