Human remains found in Utah identified as Idaho man who went missing in 2019 | Idaho

Authorities have identified human remains found last week in a remote area of ​​northern Utah as those of a man who went missing from an Indian reservation in southeastern Idaho more than five years ago.

The Box Elder County Sheriff's Office reported Friday afternoon that skeletal remains recovered April 27 by a search and rescue team in the Hansel Mountains southeast of Snowville belong to 29-year-old Matthew Jay Broncho of Fort Hall, Idaho . The remains were first discovered by a person searching for mined antlers in the area.

The remains were sent to the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner, which confirmed Broncho's identity using dental records.

According to Fort Hall Police, Broncho was last seen on March 20, 2019. Tribal police notified the Box Elder Sheriff's Department four days later that Broncho was missing and that his truck had been found off an I-84 exit in Snowville. south of the Idaho border.

Broncho's wallet and phone were found in the truck. His dog, which was also reported missing at the time, was found three days later a few miles west of Snowville. A multi-agency search of the area in Utah and Idaho revealed no further clues to Broncho's whereabouts at the time.

Box Elder Sheriff's Deputy Cade Palmer said Friday that the investigation into Broncho's death was ongoing. The sheriff's office did not release any further details.

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