Human remains found in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area

UPDATE: The Boulder County Coroner's Office identified the human remains as Ernest Macaulay of Boulder on Saturday evening. The manner and cause of the man's death is pending further investigation. 


BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. -- Two people hiking near Left Hand Reservoir last Monday in Boulder County found what they believed to be a human skull a day before officials confirmed it wasn't only human, but that they had found additional remains while searching the area. 

Shortly after 1 p.m. Monday, the Boulder County Communications Center received the initial phone call from the hikers, who said they found they had found the skull.

Later that day, staff from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, guided by the hikers, went back to the Brainard Lake Recreation Area to find the remains, but were unable to do so. 

A day later, personnel from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, the Boulder County Coroner’s Office and volunteers with Front Range Rescue Dogs, searched the area once again. Officials used a photo taken by the hikers to pin down the location of the remains, according to Boulder County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Carrie Haverfield. 

While searching the area, searchers found additional remains and were able to confirm they were from a human. The sheriff's office did not go into detail about what other remains they had found. 

It will now be up to the county's coroner's office to identify the remains as well as determine a cause and manner of death.  

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