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WYOMING — A human skull found in a wooded area near Alden Mountain Road in November does not belong to Phylicia Thomas, who is presumed dead after she disappeared in 2004.

State police at Wyoming said the skull was analyzed at the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification. DNA extracted from the skull did not match the DNA profile of Thomas, state police said.

Trooper Martin Connors said DNA that was taken from the remains was entered into the DNA national database known as CODIS. Testing continues on the skull, which belonged to a female, he said.

The skull was found mixed with debris and garbage by people hunting for scrap in Newport Township on Nov. 17.

Thomas was last seen at her Lake Township home on Feb. 11, 2004. She is presumed dead due to circumstances of her disappearance, state police have said.

Thomas’ mother, Pauline Bailey, said she believes Thomas was with as many as eight people the night she disappeared.

Shortly after Thomas was reported missing, investigators focused on Steven Martin, whose Ross Township house and ATV were searched for evidence. Martin pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal crash in Wilkes-Barre, and took his own life in state prison in August 2005.

State police also ruled out the skull belonging to a woman who was last seen leaving a tavern in Philadelphia more than eight years ago, according to NaMus.gov, a repository and resource center for missing and unidentified persons.

Details of the discovery in Newport Township posted on NaMus.gov say the skull and the first cervical vertebra was recovered along with teeth.

Almost immediately, state police said the skull did not belong to Daniele Imbo, 34, of Philadelphia, who was last seen with Richard Petrone, 35, driving away in his black 2001 Dodge pickup truck from a tavern on South Avenue in Philadelphia on Feb. 19, 2005. Petrone also disappeared.

Connors said he had no details about the Imbo case.

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