An investigation is underway after human remains discovered last week inside Joshua Tree National Park.
The National Park Service and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department announced the investigation on Saturday after another agency made the discovery while analyzing photographs of the 40 Palms Oasis area that were taken by a drone, according to the Desert Sun.
Park rangers hiked to the area on Friday and found the remains, which appeared to have been there “for some time,” and personal belongings. No identification was found with the remains.
It’s not clear if the remains are those of Paul Miller, who disappeared in the area in July 2018 after heading out to hike the 49 Palms Oasis trail.
The search for missing Canadian hiker, Paul Miller has been scaled back after 5 days of intensive efforts by personnel from a number of local and regional agencies. For more information see the update on our Facebook page.
— Joshua Tree NPS (@JoshuaTreeNPS) July 18, 2018
An investigation is underway.