Skeletal human remains found by rancher in northern Arizona

Posted at 9:51 PM, Jul 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-02 01:16:21-04

Authorities in northern Arizona are trying to identify human remains that were found by a rancher between Fredonia and Jacob Lake.

Coconino County Sheriff's officials say they received a call Friday from the authorities in Utah's Kane County about the discovery of skeletal remains.

They say a rancher was working his cattle range area just south of State Highway 89A and located the remains along with clothing, boots and a daypack under a tree.

Coconino County Sheriff's deputies responded to the area and are currently processing the scene.

They say deputies found a handgun under the remains.

Detectives now are checking missing person cases and attempting to identify the remains.