UPDATED 7:37 p.m.
ST. GEORGE – Children playing southeast of Colorado City Monday afternoon happened upon bones in the desert that have since been identified as human remains.
Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies and detectives responded to the area at about 12:43 p.m. Monday, Patricia Carter, spokesman for the Mohave County Sheriff’s Department, said.
The bones were recovered by the Sheriff’s Office and identification is pending autopsy results.
Although she had yet to receive information on the condition of the body, “DNA is going to be a major factor here,” Carter said, “because there’s not much more to go on.”
Details related to the children involved in discovering the bones, their age, number, the exact location and what they were doing, have not yet been made available to her by the detectives, Carter said.
UPDATE: The children, ages yet unspecified, were hiking and picking up firewood with their mother when the remains were found, Carter said. The location the body was found is more specifically described as between Colorado City and a stretch of Bureau of Land Management land about nine-tenths of a mile from U.S. Highway 389.
The body was “just bones, no flesh,” Carter said, and gender has still not been identified.
This is a developing story and the investigation is ongoing.
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