Human Skull Linked to Death Shrine, Say Oxnard Police
Artifacts found alongside adult skull, jawbone
Nov. 15, 2012: Police in Oxnard respond to a trash bin that may contain human remains, according to authorities.
Human remains found in an Oxnard trash bin Thursday probably came from an alter used by criminals to pray to an occult saint of death, police said.
"Those were the human remains that were found, and also there were certain articles as well to indicate that this came from a shrine or some sort of an alter to Saint Death -- or Santa Muerte as it's called in Spanish -- typically associated with those that pray to St. Death for guidance, for protection that are involved in criminal activity," Detective Luis McArthur said.
The remains, discovered near the intersection of 4th and D streets, were first reported by a passerby around 9:39 a.m.
Police identified the remains as an adult skull and jawbone that have probably been around for "quite a while."
The medical examiner's office was scheduled to inspect the remains Thursday evening.