Jul 19, 2010 7:53 PM by David Ortiviz

Deputies look for more bones after rancher finds skull

Pueblo County Sheriff Deputies will continue to look for more human bones this week. A rancher discovered a skull on his property on Friday. The rancher says he saw something white in his field and thought it was "a ball."

The rancher, who didn't want to be identified, lives on Doyle Rd. south of Avondale. The rancher showed us little green flags on his land, which mark the areas where deputies found the skull, as well as several other small bones.

Undersheriff J.R. Hall says investigators also found a wallet and clothing in the area. Deputies found an I.D. in the wallet, but they aren't releasing that name. They're waiting for the coroner to test the bones, to see if the name matches the remains.

Deputies also found shotgun casings around the area, but they believe the casings are likely from someone hunting wildlife. "There was certainly nothing to indicate from the items that we found--foul play," said Hall.

The Pueblo County Coroner James Kramer says the skull appears to be an adult man. Kramer says the bones may have been there for a year or two.

Most of the skeletal remains are still missing. Deputies aren't sure if the man died there or was taken there by an animal or a person. Soon deputies will use a cadaver dog to search the open space, looking for the remaining bones.


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