Flagstaff AZ (November 29, 2012) - Human skeletal remains that were discovered by a rancher on November 24, 2012 have been positively identified as the body of missing person Justin Brian Hall.
Justin Hall was reported missing on September 28, 2011. The rancher discovered the remains around 4:30 in the late afternoon while he was herding cattle on horseback in the area of Roden Crater located Northwest of Leupp Road.
The rancher called the Sheriff’s Office at about 5:00 p.m. to report his discovery. Due to the impending night fall, it was decided to return to the area the next morning to investigate.
On Sunday, November 25, 2012 around 7:00 a.m., personnel from multiple agencies including the Coconino County Sheriff’s Detective, an investigator from the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office, and a Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit Member and her Cadaver Detection K-9 met with the rancher in Winona, Arizona. The investigators followed the rancher approximately thirty miles to the location of the human remains.
The Sheriff’s Detective conducted an initial investigation and processed the scene. He found the majority of the skeleton to be in the same general area, although it appeared that it had been scattered and moved from its original location as a result of animal activity. The remains were transported to the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office located in Flagstaff, Arizona where a positive identification was made.
This investigation will be continued by Detectives of the Sheriff’s Office and personnel of the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office.
40 year-old Hall was the focus of a family and friends Facebook and YouTube Find Justin Hall effort requesting the public’s help locating the missing man after he disappeared while house sitting.