UPDATE: Officials try to ID remains found near Skull Valley

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Woman had arthritis condition


SKULL VALLEY -- The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said the remains found near Skull Valley on March 9 are that of a woman between 50 and 80 years old.

Sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said the initial investigation revealed the female was approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall, had an arthritis condition and was likely immobile during her later years.

Her mouth contained upper dentures and some dental fillings in the remaining teeth.

D'Evelyn said experts believe the remains themselves are between 1 and 5 years old.

The remains are currently undergoing DNA profiling in an attempt to establish identity.

Anyone with information should contact YCSO at 928-771-3260 and ask for Sgt. Luis Huante or call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.

SKULL VALLEY, Ariz. -- The following is a March 11 press release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office:

On March 9, 2009, at approximately 10 A.M., Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of found human remains north of Skull Valley, about 2 miles west of Iron Springs Road near Ferguson Valley Road. The reporting party told deputies he came across apparent human remains while walking his dog in the area.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Section arrived shortly thereafter and began their investigation. After confirming the skeletal remains were in fact human, detectives began gathering evidence at the scene. As of yesterday, March 10th, the remains had been fully recovered and scheduled for examination by a forensic anthropologist. The sex and approximate age have not yet been determined.

The Criminal Investigations Section is encouraging anyone with information about these remains to contact YCSO at 928-771-3260 and ask for Sgt. Luis Huante, or call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. Remember with Silent Witness, you never have to leave your name.