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Detectives: Skull found in woods is missing Kelso man

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KELSO, WA (KPTV) -

A human skull found in a wooded area of Cowlitz County has been identified as Samuel Stefonek.

The skull was found on March 23 near where the Kelso man was last seen in August 2010 close to Brussat Road.

Investigators used dental comparisons to trace it to Stefonek, 29. They said there are no signs of traumatic injury, so the cause and manner of death are being listed as undetermined at this point.

As of now, police said there is no evidence a crime was committed.

Deputies said they attempted to contact Stefonek at his parents' home in Kelso on Aug. 8, 2010, regarding a domestic violence report by his girlfriend.

Investigators said he wasn't there, but an hour later a nearby homeowner called 911 to report a man on his property, identified as Stefonek.

Stefonek left through the woods prior to deputies arriving. Deputies said they had probable cause to arrest him for assault.

On Aug. 12, 2010, Stefonek's parents called to report their son missing. They had been out of town since Aug. 8 and were not able to reach him by phone. None of his friends reported seeing him, either.

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