Meteorite hunters find human remains in desert along I-8

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The Pinal County Sheriff's Office released this photo of one of the rib bones found in the desert near Interstate 8. By Jennifer Thomas The Pinal County Sheriff's Office released this photo of one of the rib bones found in the desert near Interstate 8. By Jennifer Thomas

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. -- A father and son searching for meteorites discovered human remains in the desert along Interstate 8, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

A sheriff's deputy went with them to the area Wednesday afternoon and located what appeared to be a skull and rib bones.

PCSO spokeswoman Tamra Ingersoll said the deputy also found scattered remnants of pants and a shirt near the bones.

The skeletal remains have been sent to the medical examiner's office for further analysis.