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NORTH OGDEN — A body recovered from below a Weber County cliff Monday likely had been there for months, authorities said.
The human remains were discovered Sunday afternoon by a group of hikers about a quarter-mile "up the hillside" from 1100 N. Mountain Road, said Weber County Sheriff's Lt. Matt Jensen. However, the terrain made it difficult for crews to reach the scene at the time.
"The remains were found right below a 60-foot cliff and they appeared to have been there for quite some time," Jensen said. "They were very decomposed, so we're thinking several months."
A search and rescue team was dispatched early Monday morning and confirmed the remains were human. They were able to retrieve the body from the area and send it to the State Medical Examiner's Office.
Authorities have not positively identified the remains. They are still trying to piece together the gender and age, as well as how the person died. It's too early to tell if foul play was involved, Jensen said.
He added investigators are sifting through missing persons cases in the state to see if any of those might match up.
Contributing: Mehul Asher, KSL