The Latest: Identifying Utah human remains could take weeks

Monday , March 20, 2017 - 11:06 AM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on human remains discovered in a canyon southeast of Salt Lake City (all times local):

11:05 a.m.

Police say it could take weeks to identify the human remains that hikers discovered in a canyon southeast of Salt Lake City over the weekend.

The Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/2mMBrXK) reported Monday that a skull and other bones were sent to the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office. But if they can’t identify the remains, the bones will have to be sent to the University of North Texas for DNA testing.

Unified Police Lt. Brian Lohrke says officials are just getting started on the identification process and don’t yet know how long the bones have been in the canyon.

Lohrke says a group of hikers found the remains near the trailhead of Deaf Smith Fork Canyon, which is between Big Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood canyons.

8:40 a.m.

Police say a forensics team is trying to identify human remains that hikers discovered in a canyon southeast of Salt Lake City over the weekend.

Unified Police Lt. Brian Lohrke says a group of hikers found a skull and other bones near the trailhead of Deaf Smith Fork Canyon, which is between Big Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood canyons.

Lohrke says the hikers also found some clothing nearby. Lohrke told the Deseret News (http://bit.ly/2n0wE5P) that the discovery was made in an area off the main path near the bottom of an 80-to 90-foot cliff.

He says forensics investigators are hoping to use dental records to identify the remains.

Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

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