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A couple of federal conservation officers stumbled upon a partial skeleton, including a skull, while hunting wild pigs at Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base last weekend.

Guam’s chief medical examiner has not yet determined whether the bones are human, but the case was turned over to the Guam Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, police spokesman Allan Guzman said Monday.

The remains were discovered Saturday afternoon near Potts Junction in Dededo, a well-known hunting area on the base, Guzman said.

“One of the conservation officers shot a pig in the jungle area of the base and when he went to retrieve it, he discovered what appeared to be a partial skeleton,” Guzman said.

The hunters called Andersen Air Force Base Security and, after personnel from the base’s Office of Special Investigation and the FBI searched the area, the case was turned over to the Guam Police Department, Guzman said.

“We’re still investigating,” Guzman said. “The bones were turned over to the medical examiner as forensic evidence and we’re waiting for the fragments to be identified.”

A local man disappeared in January after leaving for a hunting trip in the same area, Guzman said. The military scaled back the search after a 150-person effort did not locate 28-year-old Damian Rios Atalig.

If the remains are deemed human, DNA tests will be conducted to establish the identity, Guzman said.

Andersen is a secure military installation but has a restricted area open to hunting permit holders during deer and pig hunting seasons.


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