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Hunter finds woman’s body near Elko

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Coal Mine Canyon

ELKO – The Elko County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent homicide after a hunter found a body Thursday morning in Coal Mine Canyon northeast of Elko.

Detectives were called to the scene at about 10:30 a.m. and determined that the body was that of a female.

“Due to the condition of the female, an identity could not be determined at the scene. A full autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death and identify the victim,” the sheriff’s office said Friday.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to reach out to the Elko County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 775-748-1684.

The sheriff’s office did not say whether the remains could be tied to any missing persons case.

The last time human remains were found in the area they belonged to an Osino couple who went missing in September 2019.

Elizabeth “Beth” Agee-Morrison and Douglas B. Hegge were reported missing a day apart and were believed to have been together when they disappeared.

Agee-Morrison’s remains were found in September 2020 in the Adobe Range north of Elko.

Hegge’s remains were found earlier this year in an unspecified rural part of the county.


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