Gold miner finds human remains

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) Authorities are working to identify human remains found in southern Oregon by a man mining for gold, a Jackson County sheriff's spokeswoman says.

Spokeswoman Andrea Carlson says the gold miner reported his find to the sheriff's office late Saturday, saying the location was remote and could only be reached by foot.

Deputies pinpointed the location of the remains near the Central Point, Ore., foothills. A deputy medical examiner and detectives recovered the skeleton on Sunday.

Carlson said Monday that work has begun to identify the remains. If dental records are complete and there is enough evidence, deputies may have an ID in a few days. If a complete DNA analysis is needed, the process could take a few months.

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