Investigators are attempting to determine whether a partial human skull found near Lyons is that of a woman missing since 1995.
The Nebraska State Patrol reports that a contractor excavating land near Lyons uncovered the skull. A forensic examination has determined that the skull is that of a middle-age woman.
The patrol is assisting the Lyons Police Department in gathering DNA evidence from the disappearance of Wanda Krumwiede in June of 1995. Authorities charged her husband, Wilhelm Krumwiede, with her murder, but Krumwiede was acquitted in two separate trials. He died in 2003.
“At this point it is premature to link the finding with the disappearance 18 years ago of Wanda Krumwiede,” Nebraska State Patrol Investigative Lieutenant Randy Morehead said in a written statement released by the patrol. “It is our hope that DNA testing can be done and when completed we will be able to identify the remains.”