Remains of Multiple People Found in Desert Grave Site - NBC Bay Area

Remains of Multiple People Found in Desert Grave Site

The skeletal remains of four people were found a few feet apart, and investigators are searching a third area



    Investigators have yet to determine how the remains of four bodies ended up in the Southern California desert. Forensic experts will run DNA tests to see if the bodies are related and whether they are male or female. Hetty Chang reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013)

    Sheriff's investigators Wednesday were excavating what appeared to be a grave site in a remote desert area of San Bernardino County after human skeletal remains were found scattered across the high desert.

    A motorcyclist reported finding the remains about 10 a.m. Monday in the area between Quarry and Stoddard Wells roads, just north of Victorville, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Victorville Station said.

    When investigators began to analyze the bones, they came across another set of remains in a shallow grave about 6 to 8 feet away, sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller said.

    Investigators were also digging up a third area just north of the two grave sites, where the soil "seemed suspicious," but found nothing in the third site.

    Coroner's investigators confirmed that the remains were human.

    Investigators said they believed the remains were that of four people, and it appeared that the remains had been there for "an extended period of time."

    Animals may have dug up some of the remains and scattered them around the desert, officials said.

    Excavators set up tents and used hand tools to dig up soil where the remains were found.

    The age and gender will be determined after a DNA test is performed on the remains.

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