Human remains found near Lake Powell may belong to Arizona man

Posted at 2:54 PM, Dec 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-19 17:08:42-05

KANE COUNTY, Utah – Authorities in Kane County said human remains have been found near Lake Powell.

Officials said a hiker found what appeared to be skeletal remains southwest of Highway 89, less than a mile north of the Utah state line.

Investigators found bones and clothing scattered for about 150 yards along with a driver’s license belonging to Michael Theo Schimmel from Page, Arizona.

Authorities said it is possible the remains have been there for two years or more.

The Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office is working to confirm the person’s identity.

Deputies said anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Kane County Utah Sheriff’s Office at (435) 644-4916 or (435) 644-2349.