A human skull found Dec. 9 by a dog in the desert community of Landers is that of a 30-year-old Landers woman who had been reported missing a year earlier, according to San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials.
Dead is Anna Jeanette James.
Relatives had reported her missing in October 2008.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Doug Hubbard says he is unsure of the circumstances surrounding the woman’s disappearance and investigators don’t know how she died.
A dog found the skull in the desert last month and brought it back to his home in Landers. The dog’s owners called authorities after their pet added it to a pile of animal bones in the backyard.
Volunteers searched 10 acres of nearby desert but didn’t find any other remains.
James was identified through dental records.
Anyone with information may contact homicide detectives at 909-387-3589.
The Associated Press contributed to this repor
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