New Mexico authorities say scattered body parts have been found in the Gomez Peak area over the past few weeks after a hiker picked up what appeared to be a lower jawbone on Jan. 19.
The medical investigator determined a bone found nearly a week later by a U.S. Forest Service worker was a femur.
The Grant County Sheriff's Office, the medical investigator, members of the Forest Service and U.S. Border Patrol searched the area Tuesday near Silver City and discovered more remains.
A preliminary analysis shows the bones are from a man approximately 6 feet tall and weighing 200 pounds.
The remains were sent to the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque in an attempt to determine the identity and cause of death.