Lamorinda police and forensic teams are investigating the origin of adult human skeletal remains found in a secluded area near the Lafayette-Moraga border in Moraga Friday.
Investigators stressed that there was no sign of foul play evident at this time. The sex, age, or period of time the remains may have been in the area was not immediately known, though investigators told NEWS24/680 they did not appear to be prehistoric or Native People’s remains.
Officers from the Moraga and Lafayette police departments spent much of the day recovering the remains from a secluded area sandwiched in between Rheem Blvd. and S. Lucille Lane. Initial indications were that the remains had been in the area for some time.
A hiker reportedly found the bones during a hike in the area which is only accessible by foot or 4-wheel drive. He said he found the bones near a seasonal creek, contacted police and led officers back to the area.
Crime scene investigators, aided by search and rescue workers with search dogs and metal detectors, scoured the area Friday. The remains have been transferred to the Contra Costa County Coroners Bureau for further investigation and possible determination of a cause of death.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Lt. Brian South, Moraga Police, at 925.888.7052.