Remains found by hiker is near location of another set of recently identified remains found in 2016


A set of remains found by a hiker Wednesday is near the same isolated road where detectives found a decapitated body in 2016.

Sheriff’s office investigators say a hiker discovered “severely decomposed” remains on Wednesday evening. Investigators told 17 News, those remains were not a full skeleton.

The remains were found about four miles north of the tiny desert town of North Edwards, off Claymine Road.

Claymine Road is the same location where another set of severely decomposed remains were found in October 2016.

Search warrants obtained by 17 News show that when deputies arrived, they found a severed human head next to a shallow grave where the rest of the body was buried.

The warrant states the body was obviously placed there by another person and detectives began a homicide investigation. That case remains unsolved.

KCSO officials say the two set of remains were found “nearby” to each other.

17 News photojournalist went to that area of the desert Friday and estimates the remains found years apart were discovered bout a mile apart on Claymine Road.

At 17 News’ request, the coroner’s office released the man found in 2016.

That man has been identified is 49-year-old Karl Sharrah, who lived in a small town 300 miles north of where his remains were discovered.

The coroner’s office said it took two years to identify him through DNA records. 

An autopsy revealed Sharrah was killed by multiple gunshot wounds.

For now, investigators say they do not know if the two sets of remains have any connection.

The sheriff’s office is investigating both cases. If you have any information, you are urged to call KCSO at 861-3110 or you can remain anonymous by calling Secret Witness at 322-4040.

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