TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are trying to identify a person whose remains were found near a pistol in a remote area of Sierra County near the California-Nevada line.

The Union of Grass Valley reports the gun was sent to the California Justice Department’s ballistics laboratory in Sacramento in hopes the fingerprints could help in the identification.

The remains and gun were found Saturday near Crystal Peak, about five miles northwest of Verdi, Nev.

Sheriff John Evans says the area has been used by murderers who have dumped victims and by people who have committed suicide.

He says investigators believe the remains are those of a male and they may have been there for more than a year.

Also found were a leather boot, a hydration pack, a pair of sunglasses and a watch.

Comments (5)
  1. Hope you figure out who this is... says:

    Well, with a hydration pack, it hardly sounds like a suicide…

    Don’t think anyone who is going to go commit suicide, would be worried about staying hydrated…

    Sounds like he met up with some pretty bad people, or saw something that he shouldn’t have seen…???

    Who really knows….

    Hope they can figure this one out, so the his family, whoever they are, can get some answers and some peace…

    Good luck…. Hope you get your Man/Woman…..

    1. mike says:

      OH yea because murderers are more likely to care about your hydradtion…Hope your not a detective…

      1. Kevo says:

        I think they meant that if the person was going to go kill himself he wouldn’t have bothered taking water. re-read it highspeed…

        and they might have taken water with them if they had a place planned out and needed to hike up to the location.

        Either way that sucks.

      2. Matt says:

        also, mike, your an idiot

  2. Alex says:

    Maybe the hydration pack was used for something other than water, like alcohol or maybe he just sat there for hours just thinking about it, before he done it…

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