Bones found in Deaf Smith Canyon are from woman 30 to 50 years old

Posted at 9:32 AM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-21 17:40:57-04

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah - The human remains found in Deaf Smith Canyon Sunday are that of a woman who was 30 to 50 years old when she died, according to the preliminary report from the medical examiner's office.

Officials said hikers who live nearby found a human skull, bones and a small piece of camouflage cloth over the weekend.

Authorities have not confirmed how the woman died.

Investigators said they are not sure how long the remains have been there.

It's only a guess right now but investigators said they think the remains were there less than three years.

Officials told Fox 13 they have an idea on the identity of the woman and are working to confirm it before releasing more information.

That will require a check of dental records and there is no timetable on when the identity might be available.