Human remains found in Joshua Tree National Park

A homicide investigation is underway.

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - Homicide detectives are investigating after human remains were found in Joshua Tree National Park Saturday morning.

The discovery was made at 9:15 a.m. by a park ranger in the area of Big Horn Pass Road and Park Boulevard, Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Ben Ramirez said. The area is about six miles south of Twentynine Palms. A visitor alerted park rangers to what appeared to be partially buried human remains in a nondescript area, George Land of the National Park Service told KESQ News Channel 3's and CBS Local 2's Katie Widner. 

The Riverside County Coroner's Office and Riverside County Sheriff's Department confirmed that the remains were human and were at the scene investigating. As a result, Land said Big Horn Pass Road would be closed indefinitely.

"Due to the suspicious circumstances regarding this incident, the Central Homicide Unit assumed the investigation,'' Ramirez said.

The deceased person has not been identified. Anyone with information is asked to contact homicide investigators at 951-955-2777 or 760-863-8990.

Stay with KESQ News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2 on air and online for the very latest.


A set of human bones were found on May 7th.

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