Campers Discover Skeletal Remains


Campers in the area of Colcord Road east of Christopher Creek stumbled on a gruesome discovery Saturday night --he skeletal remains of a human body.

"I have some leads and hopefully we will be able to identify the person soon," Gila County Sheriff's Det. George Ratliff said. "I don't know if we will ever know a cause of death."

Evidence found at the scene indicates the remains have been in the woods for about a year, officials said.

Ratliff could not elaborate on the evidence found, but said it was dated material.

"The condition of the bones," he said was another indication of how long they had been in the woods.

The GCSO received a 911 call at about 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13 reporting a camper had found a body about one mile east of Colcord Road.

Only skeletal remains were found and they were scattered throughout the area. About a quarter to one-eighth of a skeleton was found. No skull was found, but a mandible was located.

A forensic odontologist, along with a forensic anthropologist are assisting the GCSO with the investigation, Ratliff said.

Investigators found some articles of clothing, but no identification. They were returning to the scene with a metal detector to continue their search Monday afternoon, Ratliff said.

The detective was in touch with Scottsdale police Saturday night in order to get dental records of missing alleged murderer Robert Fisher.

Fisher is wanted for allegedly killing his wife and two young children and then blowing up the house in which they all lived in Scottsdale in April 2001.

He is on the FBI's 10 most wanted list for three counts of first degree murder and arson of an occupied structure, plus unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

After disappearing, it is believed Fisher, who is familiar with the Rim country, hid for a time in caves in the area.

"We're 99 percent sure it's not him," Ratliff said.

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