ALPINE — Law enforcement officials recovered human skeletal remains on June 7 in Alpine, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department confirmed.
The remains were discovered on what is believed to be private property by a resident who reported the finding to law enforcement, according to Lt. Joseph Jarjura of the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Unit.
The remains include what appears to be nearly an entire skeleton, including a human skull, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office told The Coast News on Friday.
“As of right now, we don’t know about the cause of death or identification,” the Medical Examiner’s Office said, noting that an anthropology examination will likely take place in the next week or so.
It remains unknown if law enforcement plans to use DNA or dental records to help make an identification.
Jarjura said the exact location of the remains would not be released at this time due to an ongoing investigation.
UPDATE: This article has been updated to include a statement from the Sheriff’s Department regarding how the remains were discovered.