In 1983 a skull fragment was found in a bog in England and was reported to the authorities
They then pulled in a man suspected of murdering his wife who confessed to the act. The fragment was found to have belonged to a woman that died in 250 CE and the man was still tried and convicted.
“Lindow Woman, also known as Lindow I, is the name given to the partial remains of a female bog body, discovered in a peat bog at Lindow Moss, near Wilmslow, northwest England, on 13 May 1983 by commercial peat-cutters. The remains were a skull fragment, with soft tissue and hair attached.
Police were called to investigate. For some years, a local man, Peter Reyn-Bardt, had been under suspicion of murdering his wife in the 1950s, and of disposing of her body. Thinking that the skull fragment came from his wife’s body, Reyn-Bardt confessed to her murder, and was sent for trial at Chester Crown Court in December 1983. Carbon-14 dating of the skull fragment returned a date of 1740 ± 80BP (c.AD250). Reyn-Bardt was convicted of his wife’s murder, even though no trace of her body was found.
In 1984 the same bog yielded Lindow Man, the most extensive bog body yet found in England.”