PASADENA, Md. - In the wooded area just behind the Ollie's Bargain Outlet in Pasadena, Gary Robert Daniel Neal and a friend were walking down a trail Sunday when they got far more than they bargained for.
"He says, 'Wow! That looks like a human skull,' and I said, 'Huh?' I found it quite hard to believe," said Neal, "I thought maybe it was a Halloween deal."
The pair of men called the Anne Arundel County Police who confirmed the partially decomposed head was human and a search ensued.
"With the assistance of some cadaver dogs and search and rescue groups, several hours later remaining body parts believed to be related to that skull were located a good distance away and several hours later," said Justin Mulcahy of the Anne Arundel County Police.
Investigators have turned the remains over to the Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore where every effort will be made to identify the victim, their gender and the cause of death.
But back in the woods that Neal calls home, he doubts the person died of natural causes.
"I think it's more than just that. I think it's foul play and there's people that do that---decapitate the heads."
A hermit preacher of sorts, Neal says he has prayed for the victim mindful of what they may have gone through in the final moments of their life.
"It's a gruesome, horrible thing when you maim anybody. The fear that a person goes through, the horror, is unexplainable," said Neal, "It's beyond my comprehension. I've never been totally insane, so I can't understand a person who is insane."
Police are combing over missing person's reports and say they will access dental records to see if they can find a match to their victim.