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Human remains found in Mohave Valley ID’d as missing Ontario man

MOHAVE VALLEY, Arizona. ( — A human skull found in the Mohave Desert was positively identified as the remains of an Ontario man reported missing in 2017.

On March 15, 2018, Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the area of Highway 66, approximately milepost 22 in reference to human remains found.

A hiker had located a skull in the desert and then contacted the Sheriff’s Office.

According to a sheriff’s news release, the remains were located and sent to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification (UNTCHI) for DNA analysis.

On March 1, 2019, UNTCHI notified Mohave County Sheriff’s Office of a match based on the DNA profile.

“The remains were identified as belonging to Ilaisa V. Vaitai, a 68-year-old male who was reported missing out of Ontario, CA in May of 2017,” stated the release.

After receiving this information, Mohave County Sheriff’s Detectives contacted the Ontario Police Department so that next of kin notifications could be made.

Sheriff’s officials said no foul play is suspected in the death of Vaitai.

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