MILLCREEK — Investigators are asking for the public's help in identifying human remains found in the Olympus Cove area a month ago.
On March 2, hikers looking for antlers found a human skull north of Millcreek Canyon, said Unified Police Lt. Don Hutson. They marked the GPS coordinates and took the skull to police.
Detectives returned March 4 and searched the area for more bones. They found almost enough bones to form an entire body, Hutson said. Many of the bones were almost buried completely.
Following an examination by a medical examiner and the State Division of History-Antiquities Section, investigators believe the remains have been on the mountain for at least a year and likely more than 10 years, Hutson said.
They believe the remains are from a white man, between 17 to 22 years old, who would have been between 5 feet 7 inches and 6 feet 1 inch tall.
The cause of death was unknown Thursday. Investigators planned to return to the site soon to expand the search to look for jewelry, a wallet or any other personal artifacts that may have belonged to the man, Hutson said. As of Thursday, detectives had not found any personal items.
Investigators are hoping to use dental records to determine the man's identity and have been comparing what they know with their missing people files.
Anyone who might have information on the remains is asked to call police at 801-743-5915.
— Pat Reavy