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Human remains found on east side of hogback along Rooney Road in Jefferson County

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Posted at 4:46 PM, Mar 06, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-07 13:36:57-05

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Human remains were found east of the hogback along S. Rooney Road and north of Morrison on Wednesday.

At 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said it had closed S. Rooney Road between W. Colfax Avenue and W. Alameda Parkway, east of the Dakota Hogback and Dinosaur Ridge.

Closure for remains found near hogback
This map shows the closure on Wednesday afternoon after human remains were found near the hogback.

About one hour later, the sheriff's office confirmed that its Mounted Patrol Unit had discovered human remains on the east side of the hogback. Jacki Kelley, public information officer with the JCSO, said the Mounted Unit spotted the remains from horseback. They were not on a trail, but not far from the Zorro Trail, which zigzags from the ridge down to a parking lot off S. Rooney Road, she said.

She said she does not know if the remains appeared to be historic or from more recent years.

The coroner's office will make the final determination on the person's identity, cause and manner of death.

Human remains found on east side of hogback along Rooney Road in Jefferson County

The area was closed for a few hours on Wednesday, but has reopened.

The Jefferson County Coroner's Office, Alpine Search and Rescue and a private search group were also involved in this case.

The death is not considered suspicious as of Wednesday afternoon, and there is no threat to the public, the sheriff's office said.

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