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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q & A: Have skeletal remains found on Folsom Lake shore been identified?

Q: In November, water in Folsom Lake had receded to a record low level. A human skeleton was discovered and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department was called to investigate. Was the person identified?

Fred, Sacramento

A: A 12-year-old El Dorado Hills boy in November stumbled upon what he initially thought was a turtle as he and friends were exploring the shore of Folsom Lake.

The discovery proved to be a human skull. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office responded and found several bones clustered in the area, which usually is under water.

The bones were transported to the Chico State University Anthropology Department for analysis. The Sheriff’s Office announced that it received a preliminary report from anthropologists Jan. 12, stating that they believe the bones are those of a man over the age of 35. The report also stated that the bones had been in the lake for at least two years.

The El Dorado County Coroner subsequently transported the bones to a Sacramento County pathologist for examination and to the state Department of Justice for DNA analysis. Sheriff’s officials said they hope to be able to identify the individual through the DNA analysis.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy