A skull found in the sea near Kavala on Sunday could belong to Julie Scully, an American model who was strangled and beheaded by her Greek fiance in 1999, a coroner said yesterday. But DNA testing in Athens is expected to decide whether police can close the file on a murder that shocked Greece. The skull, which was found by a diver at a depth of about 2 meters at Panayia, Kavala, belongs to a woman aged between 20 and 34 and had been in the water for up to three years, Serres coroner Minas Giorgiades said. Scully was 31 when she was murdered two and a half years ago. The skull was found two miles from the area where Giorgos Skiadopoulos said he had thrown it into the sea. He is serving a life sentence for the murder. It was very difficult for them to find me because of the weather conditions, but the flares from the aircraft gave me courage, Dimitropoulos said. When he realized that he would not be spotted, he began to swim for shore, buoyed up by his life vest. He had suffered only a slight injury to his chin and was back home yesterday afternoon.