Human remains discovered in Garfield County

RIFLE, Colo. - Human remains have been found in Garfield County and investigators are awaiting DNA tests to identify them.

The Garfield County Sheriff's Office said hikers discovered what appeared to be human remains on Friday, a short distance off County Road 309 between Battlement Mesa and Rulison on the south side of the Colorado River.

The remains were found on private property owned by WPX Energy.

The sheriff's office obtained a search warrant and began searching the area on Saturday with assistance of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the cooperation of WPX Energy.

The search lasted nine hours on Saturday and the remains were turned over to Garfield County Coroner's Office.  The CBI crime lab will work to match DNA taken from the site and that information is expected by the end of next week, investigators said. 

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