Murder victim’s missing skull found years later

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WYOMING, MI (WOOD) A years-long search for the head of a Michigan murder victim is now over.

The Wyoming Department of Public Safety says a medical examiner Wednesday positively identified a skull found last week northwest of Grand Rapids as that of Charles Oppenneer. The medical examiner used dental records to identify the remains.

A farmer discovered the skull on March 24 in woods near the Kent-Ottawa county line. That’s more than 17 miles away from where Oppenneer’s decapitated body was found at Gezon Park in 2014.

Captain James Maguffee said based on the Kent County Sheriff’s Department’s investigation, it doesn’t appear the skull was left there recently. He said there was animal activity in the area.

Police say it’s unclear why Oppenneer’s head was placed there. His murderer traveled a lot for work, but there is no known connection with the property at this time.


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