An earlier version of this story stated the remains had been identified, however police say there has not been official confirmation at this time.
LAKEWOOD, Colo. (KDVR) — The Lakewood Police Department said the human remains found near a trail on Green Mountain Thursday morning have been sent out for testing.
The family of Eric Pracht, a paramedic who has been missing since July 2016, said in a Facebook post on Friday that although there is no official confirmation, “All signs point to it being Eric with the articles of clothing, his wallet, ID and credit card being found.”
Lakewood police were called to Green Mountain — near West Alameda Parkway and West Utah Avenue — on Thursday morning after a hiker came across bones and called 911.
LPD said in a written statement that a handgun was recovered at the scene, however, it is too early to determine the cause of death.
The family of Eric Pracht said in an interview with FOX31 in 2016 that he went for a walk, and even went without his shoes and keys on July 22, 2016.
“He told his fiancee ‘I just need to take a walk around the complex. I’ll be back in five minutes, and that was the last we saw of him,” his father Randy Pracht said in that same interview.
The South Park Ambulance District, Pracht’s employer, wrote in a Facebook post on Friday: “It is with great sadness that we report the death of Paramedic Eric Pracht. Yesterday his remains were found near the south base of Green Mountain in Lakewood. Eric has been missing since July 22, 2016. Eric was an outstanding person and a gifted Paramedic. He dedicated his life to serving others. He will not be forgotten.”