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Authorities identify man by skull found in Arizona desert

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Posted at 12:46 PM, Apr 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-03 15:46:25-04

MOHAVE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities in western Arizona have learned the identity of a person whose skull was found in the desert.

The Mohave County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that the skull belonged to 68-year-old Ilaisa V. Vaitai. He had been reporting missing in Ontario, California, in May 2017.

The sheriff's office says a hiker found the skull more than a year ago in Mohave Valley.

It was sent to the University of North Texas for a DNA analysis, and the university found a match last month.

The sheriff's office says it doesn't suspect foul play in Vaitai's death.