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Human remains found in California park ID’d as Canadian man

January 15, 2020 GMT
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FILE - This undated image posted in July, 2018 on the Joshua Tree National Park Twitter page shows information about Paul Miller, 51, a Canadian man missing since heading out for a hike on July 13, 2018, in the Southern California desert park. Skeletal remains found in December, 2019 in Joshua Tree National Park were identified as Miller, officials said Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. The bones were spotted during an analysis of photos taken in a remote section of the park last summer. The remains were identified this week by the San Bernardino County Coroner's Office as Miller, the park service said on Twitter. (National Park Service via AP, File)
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FILE - This undated image posted in July, 2018 on the Joshua Tree National Park Twitter page shows information about Paul Miller, 51, a Canadian man missing since heading out for a hike on July 13, 2018, in the Southern California desert park. Skeletal remains found in December, 2019 in Joshua Tree National Park were identified as Miller, officials said Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. The bones were spotted during an analysis of photos taken in a remote section of the park last summer. The remains were identified this week by the San Bernardino County Coroner's Office as Miller, the park service said on Twitter. (National Park Service via AP, File)

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Skeletal remains found last month in Southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park were identified as a 51-year-old Canadian man, officials said.

The bones were spotted during an analysis of photos taken in a remote section of the park last summer. The National Park Service was alerted, and rangers hiked to the area, which is rocky and away from trails, on Dec. 20. There they found human remains and personal belongings, but no ID.

The remains were identified this week by the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office as Paul Miller of Ontario, Canada, the park service said on Twitter.

Miller was last seen leaving his hotel room on July 13, 2018 to hike Fortynine Palms Oasis, according to park service. Authorities and volunteers searched for Miller for months.

Officials said in December that there was no initial signs of foul play.