Police investigating after human skeletal remains found in Joshua Tree National Park

A death investigation is underway after human skeletal remains were found last week in Joshua Tree National Park.

A deputy from the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station responded in Thursday morning to the park following the report of possible human skeletal remains located. The deputy sent photographs to the Coroner Division and the remains were confirmed to be human, according to a news release from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department.

Detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division and investigators from the Coroner Division were requested to conduct the investigation and the scene was secured for the night. The next day, Homicide Detectives, Coroner Investigators, and Crime Scene Investigators were flown to the location by Sheriff’s Aviation 40K4 and retrieved partial skeletal remains.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of death and identity of the decedent.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective James Tebbetts or Sergeant Ryan Smith of the Specialized Investigations Division (909) 387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com