Remains found in Deaf Smith Canyon identified as Utah woman missing since 2015

Officers respond to Deaf Smith Canyon after a hiker found skeletal human remains on March 19, 2017. Image courtesy Unified Police Department.

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — Authorities have identified human remains that were found in Deaf Smith Canyon March 19 as a Murray woman who was reported missing in June of 2015.

According to a press release from the Unified Police Department, the deceased is identified as Kellie Josephson of Murray. She was 55 at the time she was reported missing.

A homeowner who was hiking near their property located the human skull and some bones last month. The remains were later identified through comparisons to dental records.

Investigators found a syringe and three bottles of insulin, two full and one empty, at the scene where the remains were found. The official cause of death remains under investigation.

Fox 13 News will have more information as it becomes available.