Bill Brett for The Boston Globe
Boston police detectives and the state medical examiner’s office are examining two skulls found stuffed inside a cardboard box in a Mission Hill apartment building today.
Workers made the grisly discovery when they were cleaning out the basement of a three-story apartment building in the 700 block of Huntington Avenue. One worker told the Globe that he and colleagues discovered the box in the basement, then brought it out onto the street and notified police.
Moments later, Alden Ladd, a Northeastern University junior, said he chanced upon the box of skulls perched against the Huntington Avenue building – with no one else in sight. He said he immediately called police and made sure not to touch them.
“They were just nasty,’’ Ladd said, who added that one of the skulls appeared to have a hole in one side of the head.
“I’ve never seen an actual human skull in my life before,’’ said Ladd, 22, a biochemistry major who immediately called police on his cellphone. “They were raunchy… they were old and decaying. They were definitely old skulls.’’
Police did not find any other body parts, a police spokeswoman said. The discovery is being investigated by homicide detectives while state pathologists are expected to determine if the skulls are actually human.
Police also impounded a trash Dumpster located behind the building.
Iraq war veteran and neighborhood resident Paul Hamblin, 28, said he thought the skulls were fake at first when he spotted them around 1:10 p.m. today.
"I was horrified, but I've been to Iraq and back," he said.
Dimitris Avramidis, an electrician working around the corner from where the skulls were found, said police arrived on the scene shortly after noon.
"It sounds like a Frankenstein story," Avramidis said, adding that he did not see the skull.
His co-worker, Dimitris Minasidis, said he was unsettled by the news.
"It's scary," he said. "I'm working right here and they tell us" there's skulls.
A neighborhood resident who would only give her name as Lyndie R. said she was shocked by the news and thought it could be a sign of foul play.
"Oh my goodness," she said. "That person got away with murder."
Another neighborhood resident, who would only give her name as Sharon P., was also distressed.
"That's ridiculous," she said. "This is a family neighborhood."
But MassArt student Lindsay Rougeau, 21, who also lives in the neighborhood, was not alarmed.
"We happen to be around a lot of medical schools," she said.
The investigation is ongoing, police said.
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