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Human remains found at top of Tumamoc Hill identified

Ian Green

A man hikes up Tumamoc Hill in the early evening on Sept. 4, 2017.

The human remains that were found at the peak of Tumamoc Hill last week have now been identified by the University of Arizona Police Department as 31-year-old Bryan Curtis Long.

Last Wednesday, UAPD responded to a call around 7:10 p.m. regarding a report of human remains found close to the crest of Tumamoc Hill.

Officers found the body in a late stage of decomposition on University of Arizona property, close to the hill’s popular hiking trail. Detectives have since continued the investigation, and an autopsy was conducted on July 23.

Officials state that a unique tattoo on the body helped recognize the 31-year-old male. The body showed no immediate indication of trauma.

The autopsy found that no signs of foul play were evident in Long’s death. The cause of death has been documented as undetermined. 

“While this is an unfortunate incident, it is isolated and the community should not see this as a safety concern,” UAPD officer Jesus Aguilar said. “In general, Tumamoc Hill and the main UA campus are relatively safe and we see incidents of violent crime at rates far less than the surrounding community.”

The investigation is still in progress, and UAPD is asking anyone with information regarding Long’s death to come forward.

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