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SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah, Oct. 6, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — The Unified Police Department has confirmed that bones found Thursday near Dog Lake are those of a human.
The remains have been transported to the Medical Examiner’s office, according to the Unified Police Department.
UPD Lt. Brian Lohrke told Gephardt Daily that hikers were walking a trail with their dog Thursday when the dog went 50 to 100 yards into the brush, toward Dog Lake, and did not immediately return.
When the hikers went after their dog, they came across some bones they thought may have been human.
The hikers came down off the mountain, Lohrke said, and immediately called police, who decided to investigate in the morning due to the darkness and safety concerns for officers.
“It was a good hike in, about a mile and a half, to a big water trail head, up towards Dog Lake, not quite at Dog Lake,” Lohrke said. “They did find the remains, which were confirmed at that time as human.”
Because of their special expertise, members of the Salt Lake County Search and Rescue team were used to collect evidence from the area, Lohrke said. The body was taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office for identification.
“It’s a good amount of bones,” Lohrke said. “I don’t want to go into detail on that, because we’re still working with a possible family on that.”
Some items of clothing were found with the body, Lohrke said. He declined to answer questions about the victim’s probable gender.
Identification of the skeletal remains will be the first priority, he said, so the family of the victim can be notified.
After that, determining manner and approximate date of death will be the next priorities, Lohrke said.