Human Skeletal Remains Located


Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Efrain Santos

File # O240250071


On January 25, 2024, at 12:08 p.m., deputies from the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station responded to the Joshua Tree National Park in Twentynine Palms in reference to human skeletal remains located off a trail. Federal Park Rangers were alerted to the discovery by researchers and requested the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office and the Riverside County Coroner’s Bureau to respond. The Coroner’s Bureau arrived at the scene and assumed the investigation. At this time, the identity of the deceased and the cause of death have not been determined, and the investigation is ongoing.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with any additional information to contact Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station (760) 836–1600 or call anonymously at (760) 341-STOP (7867) and reference incident # O240250071.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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