DNA from skeleton identified as Denver teenager who ran away in 2001

BOULDER, Colo. - Skeletal remains found in Boulder County in 2002 have been positively identified as those of an Aurora teenager.

Boulder County Coroner Emma Hall announced that mitochondrial and nuclear DNA matches positively established the remains to be those of 16-year-old Cristobal James Flores. The teen was reported as a runaway on Sept. 6, 2001.

The skeletal remains were found in a transient camp southwest of the Silver Saddle Motel, at the mouth of Boulder Canyon in August 2002.

"Bringing closure to families and solving John Doe cases is a top priority for me," Hall said. "Even though 12 years went by in this case, we were still committed to finding answers.  I started working on this case during my first month in office over three years ago."

A nuclear profile of the DNA from the remains was completed in 2002 but it wasn't until 2012 that the Flores family came forward with DNA samples, Hall said.

Hall said there are three cases in Boulder County where the identity of the remains is still unknown:

John Doe #1: Mostly skeletonized remains were found on the north slope of Gregory Canyon in November 1993.  The person is a Caucasian male between 25 and 32 years of age, between 5-foot 3-inches and 5-foot 6-inches tall, weighing between 150 and 165 pounds. Clothing included a t-shirt, blue jeans, white, athletic-type tennis shoes and white socks.

John Doe #2: The body of a black man was found near the base of the second Flatiron on Oct. 10, 1993.  He was between 25 and 35 years of age, 5-foot 7-inches tall and between 165 and 175 pounds. He had brown eyes, short, curly hair and a scar on his left eyebrow. Evidence suggested that he may have been a recent immigrant to the United States from North Africa.

John Doe #3 (pictured): Skeletal remains discovered in a coffin recovered from the Longmont VFW basement in 2013. The remains are likely archeological, although there is no indication of when the person died. It's thought that a former member of the VFW removed the bones from an archeological dig in eastern Colorado or western Kansas during the 1940s or 1950s.

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