The area where the skull was found is very remote and not accessible by vehicle, said Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit commander Capt. Gary Hood.
“It appears the skull had been at this location for quite some time,” he said. He did not say whether investigators suspect foul play.
The skull will be analyzed at the Alabama Department of Forensics lab in Montgomery.
The hunter called the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s office at 1:15 p.m. Investigators met him along Alabama Highway 69 North, near the Walker County line, where he took them to the area.
Officers searched Sunday evening and started again Monday morning, with the assistance of a tracking dog.
Police had set up an in an area off the dirt Warrior Cemetery Road and were using a four-wheeler to access to dense woods. They periodically drove a few miles to the nearby T’s Korner store to hope for cell service and buy food.
T’s Korner cook and cashier Emily Graggs said it was concerning to learn of the discovery Monday morning.
“It’s definitely shocking. This is small town, everybody knows everybody,” she said. “To hear that they found remains not far from here, it’s sad story. I feel bad for the family.”
The sparsely populated area is a few miles from Camp Creek Portal Shoal Creek Mine and is referred to by residents as either Beat 10 or just County Line. Some of the people who had stopped by the store Tuesday speculated the remains could belong to a man reported missing several years ago.
“I’ve heard rumors of people who have gone missing, so maybe this ties up the case,” Graggs said.