CARLSBAD (AP) — New Mexico State Police have identified human remains found near Brantley Lake as those of a missing Roswell man.
The remains of Eric Ahlskog were found last week by hikers in an area known as Champion Bay.
State police spokesman Lt. Robert McDonald says investigators are still trying to determine how Ahlskog died.
The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that the remains consisted of a skull and several larger bones and that Ahlskog’s identification card was also found buried under the soil of the dry lake bed.
Ahlskog was last seen on July 3, 2011, while he was camping at Brantley Lake State Park north of Carlsbad. Searchers followed his tracks until they disappeared, and U.S. Border Patrol search dogs sniffed out his scent until they lost it near a campground.
6:52am 11/15/12 — Bones Found Near Carlsbad May Be Missing Roswell Man’s
By ABQnews Staff
Human remains found by hikers at Brantley Lake north of Carlsbad Monday afternoon may belong to Roswell resident Eric Ahlskog, who was reported missing last year, State Police told the Carlsbad Current-Argus.
Ahlskog was 28 when he was last seen on July 3, 2011, camping at the state park, the Current-Argus said.
The remains consisted of a skull and several larger bones, according to State Police. Ahlskog’s identification card was found buried inches under the soil near the location of the remains.
The state Office of the Medical Investigator is performing an autopsy and running dental records in order to determine the identity and cause of death, the Current-Argus said.
According to the Current-Argus, Ahlskog had a history of depression and had been prescribed anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication by a psychiatrist just a few days before he went missing.
The State Police conducted a search for Ahlskog in early July 2011, the paper reported.
1:49pm 11/14/12 — Human Remains Found in Lake Bed North of Carlsbad
By Patrick Lohmann/Journal Staff Writer
Hikers found human remains Monday in a dry lake bed near Brantley Lake north of Carlsbad as they were walking in an area known as Champion Bay.
The Eddy County Sheriff’s Department as State Police to investigate the remains, which were found in a 30-foot-by-30-foot lake bed, according to a State Police release.
The remains were sent to the Office of the Medical Investigator to identify them and determine a cause of death.