Hikers find human remains in Mesa County desert

MESA COUNTY, Colo. — Hikers found human remains on Bureau of Land Management desert land northwest of Grand Junction on Tuesday, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office said.

The remains were identified as Roger Alfonso Vigil, a 74 year-old male resident of Loma, CO, according to the Mesa County Coroner’s Office. Vigil went missing in September 2013.

On Wednesday, the sheriff’s office, the Mesa County Coroner’s Office and the Mesa County Surveyor worked with Colorado Mesa University students studying forensics to recover the skeletal remains off 16 Road.

The cause and manner of death is pending due to the condition of the remains, the Mesa County Coroner’s Office said.