APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) A death investigation has officially launched after authorities confirmed the jaw bone found Sunday was indeed a human bone.
Four hikers made the discovery while on a trail near Apple Valley Road and Wato Road and notified authorities at 3:55 p.m. New Years day.
Officials say they are unable to determine how long the bone has been in the desert but will work diligently along with the Coroner’s Office to identify the victim.
The jaw bone still had teeth intact which may greatly assist the investigation if the victim had prior dental records on file.
More information will be available when the investigation is complete.
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Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Mike Cleary or Sergeant Greg Myler of the Specialized Investigations Division (909) 387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com