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Rancher finds possible human skull near Carter Mountain, north of Kremmling

A rancher in the Kremmling area discovered what authorities said appeared to be a human skull earlier this week, though officials have not yet confirmed the origin of the remains.

According to officials from the Grand County Sheriff's Office, a Kremmling area rancher, in the vicinity of Carter Mountain, discovered what he believed to be a human skull on Wednesday. Authorities said the rancher did not disturb the remains but took pictures of it, which were then sent to local law enforcement officials.

Lt. Dan Mayer with the sheriff's office said an investigation is currently underway involving officials from the sheriff's office, Grand County Coroner's Office and U.S. Forest Service's law enforcement unit.

"We have to confirm it is human first," Mayer said.

Mayer said authorities would likely be mounting a more extensive search of the area if the remains are confirmed to be human. While Mayer cautioned it was too early to speculate on why or how a human skull potentially wound up in the area, he noted a hunter had gone missing in the vicinity of Carter Mountain in 2007.

According to Mayer, first responders previously mounted an extensive search of the area near Carter Mountain, located roughly 19 miles north of Kremmling and east of U.S. Highway 40, but the hunter was never located.

This story is developing.