Investigators Say Bones Found in Tooele Belong to a Male

Investigators Say Bones Found in Tooele Belong to a Male

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TOOELE, Utah (AP) -- Bones found scattered in a remote area of Tooele County belong to a male aged 35 to 60, Sheriff Frank Park said Tuesday.

The state medical examiner has not yet identified the remains a group of motorcyclists found Saturday near the Pony Express Road near the Tooele-Utah County line, about 125 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.

Authorities also found some bones in a grave, about 4 feet deep, in the area. Other bones had also been scattered over a half-mile area by animals, Park said. The man's skull was found intact.

Investigators also removed some evidence from the scene that will be taken to the Utah State Crime Lab for analysis, Park said.

The sheriff's office is investigating the case as a homicide, though it's still unclear how the man died.

"We've dug (bones) up before where they've had a bullet hole in the bone, but there was nothing that indicated that yesterday," Park said.

The medical examiner is working to determine how long the bones had been there and, if possible, how the man died. Preliminary indications are that the bones had been in the area anywhere from four months to a year, Park said.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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