Remains found in Mont. area where vet last seen

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Posted: Aug 24, 2012 10:09 PM
Remains found in Mont. area where vet last seen

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Human remains have been found in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, where a team has been searching for an Iraq war veteran who disappeared two years ago, a sheriff said Friday.

The parents of Noah Pippin released a statement Friday saying Lewis and Clark County sheriff's and coroner's officials told them remains had been found in the Burnt Creek area.

Authorities haven't confirmed the identity of the remains yet, but Mike and Rosalie Pippin said there is a strong likelihood they belong to their son.

The remains were found by a search party of border agents, search and rescue officials, a sheriff's deputy and volunteers looking for Noah Pippin, a giant but polite man with a shaved head. He was last seen Sept. 15, 2010, near the Chinese Wall, which is a ridge along the Continental Divide that is part of the Bob Marshall Wilderness south of Glacier National Park.

People who saw Noah Pippin on a trail before he disappeared said the former Marine appeared ill-prepared for an extended stay in the wilderness.

About a month before his disappearance, Noah Pippin quit his job with the Los Angeles Police Department. He later went to visit his family in Michigan and told them he was heading back west to serve with the California National Guard.

Instead, he drove a rental car to Montana.