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NM hiker finds jawbone where remains of man found

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico authorities say scattered body parts have been found in the Gomez Peak area over the past few weeks after a hiker picked up what appeared to be a lower jawbone on Jan. 19.

The medical investigator determined a bone found nearly a week later by a U.S. Forest Service worker was a femur.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the medical investigator, members of the Forest Service and U.S. Border Patrol searched the area Tuesday near Silver City and discovered more remains.

A preliminary analysis shows the bones are from a man approximately 6 feet tall and weighing 200 pounds.

The remains were sent to the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque in an attempt to determine the identity and cause of death.

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