Coroner Jarrod Becknell said the skull is 21-year-old Makayla Collett who was last seen in the Middle Fork area of Leslie County in October 2020.
Two skulls were found in the same area in March of 2021 following severe flooding, according to The Manchester Enterprise, and this was the first to return after testing. The coroner said they hope to identify the second in the coming weeks.
The Manchester Enterprise said six individuals have been reported as missing in the area since 2016:
- March 27, 2016: 30-year-old Angela Smith
- 2016: 30-year-old Cecil Burkhart
- Feb. 3, 2018: 38-year-old Steven Best
- Oct. 22, 2020: 49-year-old David Campbell
- Oct. 24, 2020: 21-year-old Makayla Collett
- Dec. 15, 2020: 69-year-old Robert “Bob” Estep