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Human remains found on UA-owned Tumamoc Hill

By Bryon Wells
Arizona Daily Wildcat
August 24, 1998
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Last week, a hiker discovered what appeared to be human remains while walking on UA-owned property near Tumamoc Hill, 1700 W. Anklam Road.

The hiker discovered the decomposed skeletal remains on the south side of the mountain about 6:30 a.m., then marked the spot before leaving to phone the Tucson Police Department, police said.

The hiker guided university police detectives and Tucson homicide investigators to the scene, where they recovered several items of clothing near the corpse.

The remains were possibly that of a man, but police were unable to identify the body or the cause of death and are classifying the incident as an unknown death, said university police spokesman Cmdr. Brian Seastone.

This is the second body found on the property in one year.

In March, a Sun Tran bus driver discovered the body of John Lawrence Hughes, 44, lying face down in a wash across from a tent he had been living in near the 2200 block of West Anklam Road.

Tucson homicide investigators determined Hughes had been shot, but have not made any arrests in connection with his murder.

Police said Hughes was a transient, and his debris-cluttered tent was part of a homeless encampment visible from Anklam Road near North Camino Santiago.


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