Authorities say a woman's dog stumbled upon a body wrapped in a blanket in the Pima County desert near Ajo Highway and Postvale Road.
The Pima County Sheriff's Office said the dog found the body Feb. 8th while members of the Sheriff's Auxiliary Volunteers were watching over a nearby airplane crash scene from earlier in the day.
According to authorities, the woman told deputies that she had been walking her dog together with her children when the dog ran off and discovered the body.
Detectives with the sheriff's homicide unit were called out to the scene and said the body was of an unidentified adult male. The body had been in the desert for a while but investigators aren't sure how long.
On Tuesday, the remains were identified as 47-year-old Jeffrey Scott Appel. Authorities say during the investigation, obvious signs of trauma were found on the victim.
The homicide unit's investigation continues.
No further information about Appel has been released yet.
If you have any information about this case, call 911 or 88-CRIME.
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