A file photo of Point Reyes National Seashore. Getty Images
Skeletal human remains were found Thursday at Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office said this week.
At about 1:30 p.m., an individual passing west of the Five Brooks Trailhead in Olema Valley found the remains and contacted law enforcement.
“The setting was within a remote part of the park not near the hiking trail system,” the sheriff’s office said.
The setting of the remains and their condition suggest they had been “exposed to the elements for a significant time period,” the office said. Park rangers were unable to reach the location by car and were required to hike to the scene to conduct their investigation.
The deceased has yet to be identified, a process that can take a long time in coordination with multiple agencies, including the Coroner Division, experts from the State of California Department of Justice Missing and Unidentified Persons section, a DNA laboratory, forensic anthropologists and a forensic odontologist. The cause of death has not been determined either, the sheriff’s office said.
A pathologist will complete an examination and analysis of the remains later this week, the sheriff’s office added.
No further information was released as the investigation is active and ongoing.