DNA reveals skull found in desert belongs to California man

2 years 7 months 4 weeks ago Wednesday, April 03 2019 Apr 3, 2019 April 03, 2019 2:39 PM April 03, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

MOHAVE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities in western Arizona say a skull found in the desert belongs to a California man.

The Mohave County sheriff's office said Wednesday that the skull belonged to 68-year-old Ilaisa V. Vaitai, who was reported missing in Ontario, California, in May 2017.

The sheriff's office says a hiker found the skull more than a year ago in Mohave Valley.

It was sent to the University of North Texas for a DNA analysis, and the university found a match last month.

The sheriff's office says it doesn't suspect foul play in Vaitai's death.

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