Detectives are conducting a death investigation following the discovery of skeletal remains located on Donnell Hill

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DATE/TIME: Monday, August 6, 2018

INCIDENT: Death Investigation

LOCATION: Desert near the 73100 block of Cactus Drive, Twentynine Palms

VICTIM: Adult male

Monday, August 6, 2018, deputies from the Twentynine Palms/Morongo
Basin Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of possible human skeletal
remains located in the desert near the 73100 block of Cactus Drive.
Deputies confirmed the remains were human and contacted the Specialized
Investigations Division and the Coroner Division.

Due to the
extent of decomposition an autopsy will be conducted to determine the
identification of the victim. Investigators did not locate any obvious
signs of foul play or suspicious circumstances. Investigators located
what appeared to be a homeless encampment near the victim.

Positive identification and notification of next of kin is pending.

Updates will be provided as additional information becomes available.

with information related to this investigation is urged to contact the
Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail, Detective James
Williams at (909)387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact
WeTip at (800)78-CRIME or

Refer: Detective James Williams or Sergeant Ryan Smith

Station: Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail

Phone No. (909)387-3589

Case No. DR#201801136 H#2018-071

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

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