- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Police say human remains found in a remote part of a canyon near Salt Lake City appear to be those of a female between the ages of 30 and 50.

Unified Police Lt. Brian Lohrke says the skull and a few other bones found Sunday by a hiker in Deaf Smith Fork Canyon were near a piece of material that resembled a camouflage-patterned blanket.

The canyon sits between Big Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood canyons and the area where the remains were found doesn’t see much foot traffic. Lohrke says it sits at the bottom of an 80 to 90-foot cliff.

Lohrke says forensics investigators are hoping to use dental records to identify the remains but he doesn’t know how long it might be before police get more information.

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