The Mesa County Sheriff's Office, along with students from Colorado Mesa University's Forensic Investigation Research Station and the Mesa County Coroner's Office, are currently investigating human remains found in the desert area around 16 Road near Fruita.

Last Tuesday, October 11, hikers discovered the remains on BLM land near 16 Road. Researchers worked all day yesterday (Wednesday) to excavate the skeletal remains.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is working with the Coroner's Office to determine the persons identity.