AUBURN (CBS13) – Detectives have arrested a man in connection to the case of human remains found in a state recreation area.

Hikers discovered skeletal remains on Saturday beneath an outcrop of trees in the Auburn State Recreation Area near Foresthill Road between upper and lower Lake Clementine Roads.

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Detectives noted the body was not covered or buried; the body was badly decomposed into skeletal remains.

Michael Forest Abeyta's booking photo. (Credit: Placer County Sheriff's Office)

Michael Forest Abeyta’s booking photo. (Credit: Placer County Sheriff’s Office)

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Wednesday, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office arrested 28-year-old Citrus Heights resident Michael Forest Abeyta in connection to the case. Abeyta is facing a charge of murder.

Detectives have not released any information on the identity of the body.

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Abeyta is slated to appear in court on Friday for his arraignment on the murder charge.