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Human remains found in hills

By Kent Gray

Triplicate staff writer

The remains of a person found near Low Divide Road on Sunday may belong to a hiker who was lost last year, according to officials.

"There were very few basic remains that Search and Rescue found," said Commander George Mina of the Del Norte County Sheriff's Department. "We're going through the process now of trying to identify them (the remains)."

Mina said the discovery consisted of "bones, some clothing and some other stuff." Mina would not speculate on the possible identity of the person, but rescue crews were in the area looking for a specific individual last weekend.

Terry McNamara of Search and Rescue said the team was conducting a search for the lost hiker, who disappeared last November, when the remains were found Sunday, Sept. 1, near U.S. Forest Service road 17N21, about 5.5 miles east of Low Divide Road.

"We never totally suspend a search unless we find something or some clue," McNamara said. "It was difficult last winter with freezing rains and no air support. I wanted to go back in and search when the streams were at their lowest. A month and a-half ago would have been good, but the fires were out there."

The missing hiker the team was looking for, 52-year-old Shawn Bagget of Klamath, was part of a group of people who were picking mushrooms in the area on Nov. 27, 2001. He became separated from friends and was reported missing later that day.

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