Connecticut State Police are investigating after a human skull was discovered by a passerby on the property of a retirement community in East Lyme.
State police troopers and East Lyme officers were dispatched to the scene Monday, near the entrance to the Sleepy Hollow Hills adult living community, following reports of a "suspicious item."
Shortly after, Eastern District Major Crime Squad detectives and staff from the chief medical examiner's office were called for assistance.
The investigation shifted to a wooded area on Sleepy Hollow Road, where state police said more skeletal remains were found. The bones and skull were taken to the medical examiner's office in Farmington, where investigators hope to identify the victim and determine the cause of death.
Police have appealed for anyone with information that may help them to come forward.
Harriet Jones contributed to this report.