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Remains found in shallow grave in the Pine Nuts

Kurt Hildebrand

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. – A Carson Valley woman riding her horse found a grave in the Pine Nuts on Tuesday afternoon.

Tracey DeJong was riding near Sunrise Pass Road when she found a recently uncovered shallow grave, husband Jimmy said on Wednesday.

“She said she was riding along and saw the grave,” he said. “It looked like critters had freshly dug it up and she saw rib bones.”

By the time DeJong got home, it was dark so the couple went out this morning to confirm what they found.

“I leaned in and looked, thinking it might have been a pet someone had wrapped in cloth, but there was definitely clothing with buttons and a large size shirt,” Jimmy said. “That’s when I called dispatch and went back on my quad to show detectives. They said it definitely looks human.”

Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene at about 11:45 a.m., according to sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jim Halsey.

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“Deputies responded to the area, and found bones of unknown type or origin,” he said. “Douglas County Sheriff’s investigators are conducting a joint investigation with agents of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.”

No additional information is available at this time, Halsey said.