SCOTTSDALE, AZ - The remains of a missing Arizona rock climber were found beneath a cliff at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area last week, according to the Clark County coroner's office.
John Nicholas Rosholt III of Scottsdale, Ariz., went missing in January 2005. He was 54.
His remains were found in Black Velvet Canyon by a climber last week, and were later recovered by a Las Vegas police search-and-rescue team.
At about the same time, a horseman in the area stumbled across some animal bones, resulting in a report Tuesday that Rosholt's bones were animal, not human.
Officials sought Thursday to correct that account.
"What happened was, we had two cases on the same day in the same general vicinity that were basically bone cases, and one was human and one was not human," said Assistant Coroner John Fudenberg. "But to be clear, our office is not confused about which ones are human and which ones are not."
Fudenberg said determining the cause of Rosholt's death could prove difficult.
His office used dental records to identify Rosholt's remains.
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