The Gunnison County Sheriff's Department says the bones found near Somerset belong to a woman who was probably in her 20s and the department is reviewing a database of missing person cases 10 to 15 years old.
Investigators have been at the scene near Bear Creek outside Somerset searching for evidence and more remains since someone gathering wood found them Sunday. The initial find of a skull contains two teeth that could be used to match dental records.
Officials say Colorado Bureau of Investigation databases have been used to locate names and dates of missing person who have gone missing in a suspected time frame of 10 to 15 years. Law enforcement agencies with those reports have been contacted.
Members of the Western State College Anthropology department will conduct an extensive search of the area under the supervision of Sheriff's Department investigators over the next few days in an effort to gather more evidence.
The Sheriff's Office says there is a lack of conclusive evidence and leads and believe the case could be under investigation for quite some time.