Hiker Discovers Skeletal Human Remains Near California Trail

An investigation has been launched after a hiker discovered skeletal human remains near a California trail.

Burbank Police received a call on the afternoon of April 22 from a hiker concerning what appeared to be human remains near a hiking trail above Elmwood Avenue in Burbank.

Police officers, detectives and an investigator from the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office responded to the scene, Burbank Chief of Police Scott Lachasse said in a press release Monday.

The Los Angeles County Coroner Investigator determined the skeletal remains to be human.

Any identification of the remains may take upwards of several months to a year as investigators work to determine the cause of death.

This death investigation is said to be ongoing.

Aerial footage taken by Sky5 showed a team of investigators surveying the mountainous trail area and cordoning off sections of the vegetation with police tape on Monday.

Anyone with information on the case was asked to contact the Burbank Police Department Investigations Division at 818-238-3210.

Newsweek has contacted the Burbank Police Department for comment.

It's certainly not the first time an unsuspecting hiker has stumbled across human remains while out for a leisurely walk. In fact, similar grisly discoveries have been made in recent months.

Earlier this year, just south of Burbank in San Diego County, hikers found what appeared to be the remains of a human body along a trail near Summit Avenue and Summit Crest Drive on the afternoon of February 3.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department announced an investigation was underway with the help of the Sheriff's Homicide Unit and the Medical Examiner's Office.

In December, human remains were found by parks and recreation workers in two suitcases workers left on the side of a road in Denver.

The workers were plowing snow from the sidewalk along the Sanderson Gulch Trail in the southwest of the city when they came across the gruesome find.

The pair saw what they believed to be body parts inside and alerted authorities. Members of the Denver Police Department's homicide unit, the medical examiner's office and the crime lab unit arrived at the scene at the 1700 block of South Java Way in the Mar Lee neighborhood.

The remains were later confirmed to be that of a "recently deceased adult white male," Denver Police Department's Major Crimes Division Lt. Matt Clark said, citing the Office of the Medical Examiner. The case was treated as a homicide.

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File photo: Police search an area near where human remains were discovered on April 5, 2011 in Babylon, New York. Over in California, police are piecing together the identity of a body found near a trail in Burbank. Spencer Platt/Getty Images