Investigators seek help to ID remains washed up on Orcas Island 4-9-07

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. (AP) - San Juan County officials are seeking the public's help in identifying human remains discovered on a remote Orcas Island beach last month.

``There's enough of the teeth left in the skull that we believe we can match dental records,'' Jon Larson, an investigator for the prosecutor's office, said Monday.

The bones were found March 20 by a hiker a half-mile south of Point Lawrence, on the island's eastern tip. Officials retrieved them the next morning, according to a news release issued by Sheriff William G. Cumming.

The Snohomish County medical examiner and a King County forensic anthropologist determined the remains to be those of a man at least 30 years old, about 5-foot-91/2 plus or minus 3 inches, and likely white, Hispanic or mixed Asian and American Indian ancestry. He is believed to have died two to 12 months ago, and the bones are believed to have washed onto the beach after being in the water for some time.

 ``This body could have traveled an extraordinary distance before coming to rest on Orcas Island,'' Cumming said.

 Authorities throughout the region, including British Columbia, have been notified of the find, he said.