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Police identify skeletal remains found in desert near Buckeye

Buckeye police said the remains were discovered at about 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, in the area near Johnson Road and Southern Avenue.

BUCKEYE, Ariz. — Editor's Note: The above video is from an earlier broadcast. It contains images that might be disturbing to some.

Authorities have identified the skeletal remains, found in a remote desert area in Buckeye earlier this month, as 35-year-old Juan Fierro.

Buckeye police said the remains were discovered at about 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, in the area near Johnson Road and Southern Avenue.

12News spoke with Penny Buffington, who found the remains. She said at; first, she didn't recognize what they were until she got closer. 

"It was absolutely freaky," Buffington said. "It was not a pleasant site." 

Buffington then noticed more remains nearby, along with clothes scattered along the trail.

Police have not released Fierro's cause of death. 

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