Remains found by gold miner

Police say foul play hasn't been ruled out

Jackson County sheriff's investigators are trying to identify skeletal human remains found Saturday by a gold miner in the Central Point foothills.

Deputies believe they know who the remains belonged to, and were hoping to make a positive identification this week using dental records, sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said late Monday.

Carlson would not identify who investigators believe it is, saying only that it was the body of an adult.

The bones were found on the surface and were not buried, Carlson said. Investigators declined to reveal whether the remains were clothed or whether a wallet or other identification was found at the scene, Carlson said.

Carlson also would not rule out foul play involved in the case, saying that was "still something we're looking into."

Carlson declined to reveal where the body was found, other than it was in a remote area accessible only by foot.

The miner reported his discovery just after 5 p.m. Saturday, then investigators hiked in Sunday to recover the remains, Carlson said.

If using dental records does not positively identify the body, investigators would have to turn to DNA analysis that could take months to conclude, Carlson said.

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