Human remains found in South Hills may solve missing person case

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TWIN FALLS COUNTY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) A body found Monday in the South Hills may help close a missing person's case in Twin Falls County.

According to authorities, a hiker found the skeleton south of Magic Mountain Resort Monday evening.

Sheriffs deputies and Chief Deputy Coroner Will Carson spent all day Tuesday locating and retrieving the body from a remote location about two miles from the nearest campsite.

County Coroner Gene Turley wouldn't release the potential name of the deceased, but believes the remains belong to a missing man from Twin Falls County.

A search of the Idaho State Missing Persons Clearinghouse found that man to be Valentin David Sanchez–Hilario who was 24-years-old when he was last seen in November 2014.

Twin Falls Sheriff Tom Carter says deputies located Sanchez–Hilario's vehicle around October of 2015 near the area skeletal remains were found Monday.

Carter said Lt. Daron Brown supervised three searches for Sanchez-Hilario and that the remains found Monday were a mile outside Search & Rescue's original search area.

After conducting a preliminary exam on the body Tuesday evening, Turley says he doesn't think foul play was a factor.

"There was nothing suspicious indicating [foul play]. There were no markings on the bones. Of course it's completely skeletal. We won't know what the cause of death is, but my suspect is that he was out there camping, got lost hiking and probably died of exposure."

Turley also says the remains contain unique dental features and that his office and county sheriffs deputies are in contact with the family he believes the body belongs to.

If all goes well, Turley said the family would be able to provide dental records and could have a positive identification of the suspect within a few days.

If that's not possible, D.N.A. will be taken from the body and the man's belongings, then will be sent to an F.B.I. field office or the Ada County Coroner's office to be examined.

Turley says the D.N.A. identification process can take anywhere from six weeks to a year.

Turley believes the last time skeletal remains were found in the county was in October 1995.



 
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