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LCPD releases photos with the hope of identifying human remains found off Rinconada Blvd.

Update Human remains found in Las Cruces

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - Detectives hope the release of several photos will help investigators identify the person whose remains were found Sunday off Rinconada Boulevard.

"We're asking for anybody in the public who may recognize either the jewelry, the patch, the sunglasses, or the handwriting," said Dan Trujillo, a spokesman with the Las Cruces Police Department.

LCPD has released photos of several pieces of evidence found near the remains. At this point in the investigation, it is unclear if foul play was involved or how long the remains had been in the undeveloped area.

"We'll eventually find out who this person is through the medical investigator's office, through test results up there, but that could take a while," Trujillo said.

Investigators hope someone will recognize the items and help identify the remains. The items include five pieces of jewelry, the label from a coat and a pair of sunglasses. Investigators are also releasing the image of a small piece of paper with the hope someone might recognize the handwriting.

"We're just trying to speed up the process by releasing that information," Trujillo said.

At about 10 a.m. Sunday, December 10, 2017, a hiker was walking his dog when he discovered the human remains. The hiker called 911 to report what he found. 

Once investigators unearthed the remains, they were sent to the New Mexico medical investigator's office but have yet to be positively identified. Investigators have been unable to determine the gender or approximate age of the individual.

"They were not readily identifiable," Trujillo said.

Anyone with information that can help identify any of the evidence is asked to call Las Cruces Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Individuals can remain anonymous by calling the Crime Stoppers number.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps investigators identify the human remains. 

"Obviously, they probably have family or friends," Trujillo said. "They need closure and we're trying to help them with that."

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