Human Remains Found In Denver-Area Open Space

Authorities are starting their hike to the location where human remains were found Monday night.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Jackie Kelly said the remains were found by a hiker in a remote area far off any official trail. Investigators responded to the area Monday night, but quickly decided to put the investigation on hold until Tuesday morning, as the terrain was too rough to conduct an investigation in the night.

Crime scene tape was put up around the remains, and a couple of deputies remained overnight to protect the integrity of the scene.

The remains were found west of C-470 in the foothills near Littleton. It's unknown if the area is private property or an open space, but Kelly says it's not unusual for hikers to be there.

The area is nearly impassable for vehicles, so investigators are forced to walk. Kelly expects them to arrive at the scene by 9:30 a.m.

Kelly says the Sheriff's Office "have to investigate as suspicious death," but says it may turn out not to be. Sister station KCNC says the remains are believed to have been there for awhile. Age and sex are unknown.

We are remaining in contact with Jefferson County authorities, and will provide more information as it becomes available.