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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release



Date/Time:    Monday, November 11, 2013/10:00 A.M.

Incident:    Death investigation-skeletal remains located

Location:    Desert area between Quarry Road and I15, north of Stoddard Wells Road, in the County area of Victorville



Summary

Update - Wednesday, November 13, 2013 4:35 p.m.

 

 

Investigators have completed the scene examination. There were two graves where remains were located as well as additional skeletel remains that were located near the graves.  A grave site recovery is a very meticulous process in efforts to preserve all possible evidence. A third site was excavated however, no evidence was found and the location was determined to be unrelated to the grave site.

 

 

Investigators have recovered the remains of four persons.  Autopsies will be conducted with the assistance of a forensic anthropologist to determine causes of death, ages and gender. 

 

On Monday, November 11, 2013 at approximately 10:00 a.m., deputies from the Victorville Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to the desert area between Quarry Road and I15, north of Stoddard Wells Road in the county area of Victorville, following the report of possible skeletal remains being located by a motorcyclist.

 

Deputies responded to the location. Coroner investigators were requested and confirmed the remains were human.

 

On Tuesday, November 12th, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Detail and Coroner personnel responded to the location to continue the investigation.    

 

Investigators believe they have located the remains of more than one person.  It appears the remains have been there for an extended period of time.  Age and gender are unknown pending examination by a forensic anthropologist. 

 

A grave site was located and is currently being excavated.    

 

The investigation is ongoing; anyone with information is urged to contact the Homicide Detail, Detective Armando Avila at (909)387-3589.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

 

 Refer:            Detective Armando Avila or Sergeant John Gaffney

 

Station:          Homicide Detail

 

Phone No.     (909)387-3589

    

Case No.       H#2013-104



John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700



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