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Officials ID remains found Tuesday

Archuleta County Coroner Carl Macht announced this morning that human remains found Tuesday in the area of Beaver Meadows, in western Archuleta County, were confirmed through the use of dental records to be those of David Bruce Ritchie, 59, who went missing on Aug. 3.

Ritchie had moved from Bayfield to Pagosa shortly before he went missing.

Ritchie’s family has been notified.

Macht said an additional search of the area will likely take place, subject to the availability of a K-9 team, as well as to the weather.

Because of the circumstances, Macht does not anticipate being able to determine a cause of death.

This story was posted on September 13, 2012.