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Human remains found in Deaf Smith Fork Canyon

By Pat Reavy  |  Posted Mar 19th, 2017 @ 10:30pm


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SALT LAKE COUNTY — Human skeletal remains, including a skull that police described as "well-intact," were found by hikers in Deaf Smith Fork Canyon on Sunday.

The discovery was made about 2:30 p.m. near 3700 East and 8800 South, said Unified Police Lt. Brian Lohrke, near the trailhead to the canyon off King's Hill Drive.

A skull and a couple of other bones were discovered, he said. Some clothing was also found in the area, which Lohrke described as "off the beaten path" at the bottom of an 80- to 90-foot cliff.

Forensics investigators hope to use dental records to identify the remains. Lohrke said both his department and bordering Cottonwood Heights will research their missing person records to determine if anyone reported missing was last seen in that area.


Editor's note: This story has been corrected to show the location where the bones were found is Deaf Smith Fork Canyon, not Neff's Canyon.

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