Human remains found

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Posted by Richard on February 27, 2003 at 10:03:16:

Reported on the National Park Service morning report at:

Death Valley National Park (CA)
Human Remains Discovered; Possible Homicide Victim

On February 18, ranger Radford Dew received a report from hikers who claimed to have found numerous human bones and clothing in the Panamint Dune area of the park. The dunes are located in a remote part of Death Valley and receive little visitation throughout the year. The hikers initially thought that they’d found coyote bones, but soon found human dental work. They were able to provide rangers with GPS coordinates for the site. The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and provided an investigator, a deputy and a coroner to document and recover the remains. Dew led the team to the location, which was exactly at the point that the hikers had identified. Numerous bones and a pair of sweat pants and a sweatshirt were recovered. The age, sex and time of death have not yet been determined. The county is leading the investigation.
[Submitted by Nancy Wizner, Chief Ranger]

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