The discovery was made by climbers who saw what appeared to be a bone beneath boulders. Closer inspection revealed a skull, and when they overturned some rocks they found the entire skeleton with just leather shoes and a belt. “The average person who was hiking to Williamson wouldn’t have gone the route we went because we were a little bit lost, a little bit off course,” the hikers reported. “So it made sense that nobody would have stumbled across the body.” The skeleton was laid out on its back with its arms crossed over the chest. Based on the skeleton’s placement, the remains may have been placed there intentionally.
“This is a huge mystery to us,” said Inyo County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Carma Roper, since they’ve gone back through decades of missing persons reports from the Inyo National Forest with no matches.
The case will be handled as an open investigation; no foul play is suspected. Identification is pending DNA confirmation, which they believe could be decades old because of their condition. If anyone has information connected to a missing individual in the Mt. Williamson area you are encouraged to call the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office at 760-878-0383/option 4.