- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say human remains found in the Sandia Mountains on Friday have been identified as a missing woman.

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Lt. Pete Golden said Saturday that the remains are those of 24-year-old Brittany Johnson and her death appears to be accidental.

The Office of the Medical Investigator has conducted an autopsy but the findings won’t be released for some time.

Golden says the recovery of her body from the base of a steep cliff in rugged terrain took more than six hours because of bad weather.

Crews began searching Wednesday in the mountains overlooking Albuquerque after her car was found in the Sandia Crest area.

Her family reported her missing a week ago.

A hiker found her car keys on a trail and placed them on the parked vehicle.

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