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Severed human head found along Barstow road

February 17, 2010 |  2:55 pm

Barstow authorities were trying Wednesday to determine the identity of the person whose severed head was found by a man collecting cans on a lonely desert road.

The gruesome discovery was made Feb. 10 when a man searching for cans on the shoulder of Lenwood Road near Interstate 15 and Highway 58 found a black backpack lying on the ground, said Sgt. Andy Espinoza of the Barstow Police Department.

Inside was the head of a possibly white or Latino woman with brown hair that had been wrapped in two plastic shopping bags. Its condition made determining race or gender difficult, Espinoza said.

An autopsy was scheduled Wednesday at the San Bernardino County coroner’s office to determine how the head was severed. Authorities said it may have been dumped on the side of the road within 24 hours or less of its discovery.

-- Amina Khan

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