Scottsdale man's remains found after years in Nevada desert

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – A body found in a remote area of Nevada has been identified as a Scottsdale man whose remains appear to have been there for years.

The Clark County Coroner’s Office confirmed the remains found belonged to 54-year-old John Nicholas Rosholt III, a resident of Scottsdale.

Hikers reportedly found a spine Nov. 11 in the Red Rock National Conservation Area which led to a search for more remains.

Detectives say more remains were found at Black Velvet Canyon near the Prince of Darkness rock climbing area. Some of the remains were not human.

Police have ruled out foul play but are still investigating his cause of death. Authorities say Rosholt’s remains likely had been in that remote area for years.

According to the Associated Press, he had been reported missing in January 2005.