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Investigation into human remains discovered in Lewis County

Hiker made discovery Nov. 30 in 6 Mile Canyon



Investigation is under way into human remains discovered in Lewis County last week.

All of the remains located appear to be weathered and aged, according to a release from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO). Remains will be analyzed by forensic anthropologists and dental specialists to determine age, sex, race, and physical characteristics to assist law enforcement in their identification.

According to the release, on Nov. 30, a hiker located partial human remains in 6 Mile Canyon within Lewis County. That individual notified LCSO, which together with the Idaho State Police Investigation Division conducted a primary search locating the human remains with the assistance of the reporting party.

Due to steep terrain, large rock formations, and thick underbrush, LCSO conducted a secondary search comprised of a larger search group on Friday, Dec. 8.

In that search, LCSO was supported by Lewis County Search and Rescue, Lewis County HRD (Human Remains Detection) K9 Unit, Latah County HRD K9 Unit, Nez Perce County Search and Rescue, the Idaho State Police UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) Division, U.S. Forest Service Medical, Federal Bureau of Investigations, and Nez Perce Tribal Police Department. The only confirmed human remains were those recovered based on the initial report.

LCSO stated its appreciation for the cooperation of all the agencies and individuals involved. The agency said it would release further information related to this case as it becomes available.


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