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Partial human skeletal remains found at Joshua Tree National Park

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. ( — A death investigation is underway after partial human skeletal remains were found inside Joshua Tree National Park, officials said.

Photographs of the remains were sent to the coroner’s office and they were determined to be human.

Sheriff’s officials said the remains were found on Thursday, January 16, 2020, however, due to the remote location, the scene was secured for the night.

On Friday, January 17th, Homicide Detectives, Coroner Investigators, and Crime Scene Investigators were flown to the location by Sheriff’s Aviation 40K4 and retrieved the partial skeletal remains.

Detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division and investigators from the Coroner Division were requested to conduct the investigation.

Officials said additional examinations will be conducted to determine the cause of death and the identity of the decedent.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective James Tebbetts or Sergeant Ryan Smith 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

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