Police across the Washington area are investigating several incidents in which bodies and body parts have been found.
In the past week, a person's skull was found separately from the rest of his or her body, two men were found dead in an apartment by a maintenance worker and a missing woman's body was found in a creek.
In Anne Arundel County, police are investigating the discovery of an apparent skull and body in a wooded area.
About 2:45 p.m. Monday, officers went to the area behind Ollie's Bargain Outlet in the 8100 block of Ritchie Highway in Pasadena.
A man told police he was walking into the treeline and found what seemed to be a human skull. Police and volunteers using cadaver dogs searched the wooded area and found what are believed to be the remaining body parts "a good distance away" from the head several hours later, police spokesman Justin Mulcahy said.
The remains were taken to the medical examiner's office so that he or she can be identified and so the cause of death can be determined.
In Arlington, police are investigating the suspicious deaths of two men found in an apartment Tuesday morning. A building maintenance worker called shortly after 10 a.m. to report that he discovered the men's bodies in the 1900 block of North Culpeper Street in Arlington's Hall's Hill neighborhood.
A friend had asked the maintenance worker to check on 59-year-old Keefe Spriggs, who lived in the apartment. He was found dead, along with an acquaintance, 31-year-old Carl Moten, police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said.
And Prince George's County police are investigating the death of a woman who was reported missing in the District and found in a creek.
Shavon Phillips, 22, was last seen alive on the 400 block of 61st Street NE on July 30, D.C. police said. According to media reports, she vanished after taking her child to a day-care center on that block.
Two days later, her decomposed body was found in a creek near the 12200 block of Braemer Circle in Fort Washington, Prince George's County police said.
Authorities said last week they were investigating the incident as a suspicious death. Police spokesman Cpl. Clinton Copleand said Tuesday that the cause of death hadn't been determined but the homicide unit was investigating.