Human remains found in remote part of Utah canyon may be 24 year old woman who disappeared a year ago while hiking
- Jerika Binks was missing in American Fork Canyon on February 18, 2018
- A man came across the human remains on Sunday in a canyon in the gorge
- No foul play is suspected because the authorities say the victim may have fallen
- The van Binks family have been notified of the discovery and await identification by the medical researcher in Taylorsville, Utah.
Human remains recovered from a gorge in Utah are believed to belong to Jerika Binks, a 24-year-old woman who disappeared while walking on February 18, 2018
Human remains recovered from a gorge in Utah are thought to belong to Jerika Binks, a 24-year-old woman who disappeared while walking more than a year ago.
A 70-year-old man came across the remains on Sunday in a ravine at American Fork Canyon.
On the spot, the authorities retrieved some personal items that were consistent with the description of the property that Binks would have on the day she was missing & # 39; on February 18, 2018, according to Sergeant Spencer Cannon of the Utah Sheriff Office.
Cannon said no cheating is suspected because there was evidence that the victim had been injured and it seemed unlikely that she had been brought there by someone else before or after her death.
& # 39; It would be a strenuous hike or climb to get to where the remains were found – very steep, very rocky, difficult terrain, & # 39; he told ABC News.
& # 39; It is quite possible that this person had an accident [or] a kind of fall. & # 39;
A man came across the remains in a ravine at American Fork Canyon (above) on Sunday
A security camera in the gap captured Binks while jogging the day she was missing. Authorities have speculated that she stumbled and fell while falling out on the treacherous path
Cannon described Binks as an & # 39; aggressive runner & # 39; and said: & # 39; We don't know if she's been before, but it wouldn't be a shock that she took a challenging walk like this. & # 39;
She had recently overcome a struggle with addiction at the time of her disappearance and her life was approaching, Cannon said, so authorities don't believe she committed suicide.
& # 39; There was no reason to believe she was suicidal … She won the battle with addiction and she had much hope for the future, school and work & # 39 ;, Cannon told Oxygen.
& # 39; Very kind person. Loved by everyone who knew her. That kind of connection is the feeling of tragedy in a case like this, someone who had so much to offer. & # 39;
Binks has been described as an & # 39; aggressive rider & # 39; who was loved by everyone who knew her
The walker was missing for eight days before the investigation teams finally went looking for her because of dangerous weather conditions and a police error that led to a report about missing persons.
A witness, Brittany Lisenby (31), told investigators that they heard gunshots in the gap on the day Binks went missing and noted: & # 39; It was not a hunting season and it sounded more like a gun than a gun. & # 39;
The man who found the remains said he regularly visited the American Fork Canyon, but had never been to that specific ravine before.
He said he saw the personal items on his way up and assumed that the trash was left by other walkers. He saw the human skeleton on his way back down.
It took the rescue team 40 minutes to walk to where the body was found on Monday morning because it was the first time they had responded to that area.
The van Binks family has been informed of the remains found and is awaiting identification by the medical investigator in Taylorsville.