Gillette Police Investigate After Human Skull Found In Storage Unit

While going through the contents of a Gillette storage unit sold at auction, a human skull was found, believed to be from a white male age 30-50. Local police are investigating.

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Clair McFarland

October 30, 20232 min read

A human skull was found after someone bought the contents of a Gillette storage unit at auction. Local police are investigating.
A human skull was found after someone bought the contents of a Gillette storage unit at auction. Local police are investigating. (Google)

Gillette Police are still investigating after a human skull was found in a storage unit last week.

A forensic pathologist who reviewed photographs of the skull for the Gillette Police Department said it was certainly male, and appears to have been Caucasian and between the ages of 30 and 50.  

The skull bears no signs of trauma, and police do not have any indication the skull was the product of a crime, GPD Deputy Chief Brent Wasson told Cowboy State Daily on Monday.  

Someone found the skull in a storage unit in the 5200 block of Hitt Boulevard, and reported it about 11:19 a.m. Wednesday, Wasson said. The person was going through the storage unit after the items in it were sold at an auction.  

Wasson said police still have the skull and continue to investigate.  

Body Parts Also Found In 2016 

This isn’t the first time authorities have learned of human remains in a storage unit in Gillette 

In 2016, Michael Paul Montano pleaded no contest to killing his longtime friends Phillip Brewer and Jody Fortuna, of Sweetwater County. He then chopped up their bodies in his bathtub, put the pieces into plastic totes and placed them in a storage unit near his house.  

Montano told Campbell County Sheriff’s Office investigators that he worried about the bodies and checked on them daily because of how many flies they were gathering. He and his girlfriend stole a bug bomb to take care of that issue, according to media reports at the time.  

Montano pleaded “no contest” to the murders in 2018, which means he accepted a conviction for them but did not admit to them.  

Clair McFarland can be reached at Clair@CowboyStateDaily.com.

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