Human remains located in La Plata County identified as missing man


On Friday afternoon, the Pagosa Springs Police Department announced that the skeletal remains of an adult male located in the are of Middle Mountain Road (northeast of Vallecito Reservoir) have been identified as Michael Kroll, who was reported missing on Oct. 19, 2021.
Hikers in the area discovered the remains on Sept. 25, 2022.
According to a press release, DNA testing by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation Forensic Laboratory and in consultation with the La Plata County coroner identified the remains as Kroll, 42.
The press release notes that Kroll, a resident of Joplin, Mo., had been in the Pagosa Springs area a short time before being reported missing on Oct. 19, 2021.
“There are no additional details available as this is an active and ongoing investigation,” the press release notes.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Boyd Neagle at (970) 264-4151, ext. 241 or email