Authorities identify remains found in coal plant

Updated: Dec. 15, 2016 at 12:29 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Pima County Medical Examiners' Office used a fingerprint to identify human remains that were discovered in a Cochise County coal plant in June.

According to a news release from the Cochise County Sheriff's Office, the body parts have been identified as those of 21-year-old Devon Lee Ward, a US Army private who was listed as absent without leave from Fort Bliss, TX, in early June.

The partial skeletal bones and body parts were found on June 27 in advanced stages of decomposition in one of three coal rotary plows in the Apache Generating Station in Cochise, AZ. The plows are part of the coal elevating and delivery system.

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

READ MORE: Cochise County deputies investigate human remains found in coal plant

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