Human Jawbone Located in Apple Valley Desert Area

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APPLE VALLEY – Hikers in the area of Apple Valley and Wato Road located a human jaw bone while on a hike on Sunday afternoon. At around 3:55 p.m. deputies from the Apple Valley station responded to the area reference the report of a found bone. When they arrived, deputies made contact with the hikers. Sheriff’s officials said that a photo of the bone was sent to the Coroner’s department to determine if the remains were human.

After the determination that the remains were that of a human, detectives from the Specialized Investigation Division were dispatched to the scene to conduct a death investigation. The Coroner’s Office is working on identifying the victim. It is unknown how long the bone has been in the desert.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Mike Cleary or Sergeant Greg Myler 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

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