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Skull found in forest near Pagosa Springs ID'd as 29-year-old Andrew Chacon

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Posted at 7:41 AM, Sep 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-02 09:41:34-04

DURANGO, Colo. -- Investigators have identified human remains that were found in the San Juan National Forest in southwest Colorado.

U.S. Forest Service workers found 29-year-old Andrew Chacon's skull in a rugged and remote area east of Pagosa Springs on Aug. 23, the Durango Herald reports.

A grid search turned up 69 points of interest, and 52 items were collected, including pieces of clothing, a pair of shoes and sunglasses.

Archuleta County Undersheriff Tonya Hamilton says the Pagosa Springs man had not been reported missing, and authorities are investigating whether his family was aware of his disappearance.

It's unclear how long the remains were in the area or if foul play was involved.