EXCLUSIVE: Family dog finds human skull in Van Zandt County


POSTED: Monday, April 21, 2014 - 4:37pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 21, 2014 - 11:09pm

Family pets are known to bring home little presents for their owners. But, over the weekend in Van Zandt County, one man's dog brought him a gift that has authorities launching an investigation: A human skull.

John Cooke and his family own about 100 acres in Van Zandt County. Cooke lets his dogs roam around on their land and said they usually bring him back unusual presents like rabbits, gophers and cow bones. But this time, they brought him back something very, very different.

"There was a section of backbone on my front porch," said Cooke.

But on Saturday, he couldn't believe what Scooter found.

"That is when I found the skull on my front porch. After really looking at it and confirming it was [a skull],  this shock that I couldn't believe they brought me that," said Cooke.

Cooke called the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office right away.

"I suspected who it might be because I haven't seen the man in a little while."

Cooke said it was the skeleton of his neighbor just down the road. He said they haven't seen him in awhile and they usually see him walking around or in his yard.

"He was a nice guy. My grandmother fell in front of the mailbox one day and he came right out to her and rescued her and helped her out. So we never had any problems with him."

We talked to the man's brother, but he didn't want to go on camera. They said he wanted to live a secluded life.

Cooke said now he's a little eerie about everything his dog might find and bring back.

"I'm going to be more suspicious of stuff that she brings me."

The Van Zandt County Sheriff's office is dealing with this case, but the sheriff has not returned KETK's phone calls.

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