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Human remains found in Mesa County ID'd as missing Loma man

Posted at 6:58 PM, Oct 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-14 21:23:40-04

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- The Mesa County Coroner identified human remains found in the desert northwest of Grand Junction.

The remains belong to 74-year-old Roger Vigil, of Loma, who went missing Sep. 2013. Vigil had Alzheimer's disease and wandered away from his home.

Vigil's remains were found Tuesday off a hiking trail in a desert area just outside of Loma.

The sheriff’s office used this as a learning experience and brought in forensic students from Colorado Mesa University to help collect the remains and identify Vigil.

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