Two hikers made a macabre discovery in late May while hiking around Manitou Springs after coming across a human skull. On the evening of May 29th the pair walked into the Manitou Springs Police Department with a bag containing a partial human skull and other bone fragments.
The hikers explained they were out near Spruce Trail close to the water tower in Manitou Springs when they found the remains. The Manitou Spring Police Department contacted the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, who have taken lead of the investigation.
The day after the discovery detectives with the sheriff’s office and the Search and Rescue Team searched the area with two cadaver dog teams. The El Paso County Coroner’s Office completed an autopsy on the partial skull, surgical hardware associated with orthopedic repair, and other bone fragments. The cause of death remains under investigation. No other details are currently available.
Officials are asking anyone with information on this case to call the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 719-520-7777 or Crime Stoppers at 719-634-7867.