Investigators say hikers found a nearly complete adult skeleton and some clothing in the western Colorado desert.

The Daily Sentinel reports that Mesa County Sheriff's Office investigators and Colorado Mesa University forensic research students worked together Wednesday to collect the bones in the desert north of Grand Junction.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Megan Terlecky says the office is working with the Mesa County Coroner's Office to identify the remains found Tuesday.

Terlecky says authorities believe the bones belong to one person and are looking through missing persons cases. She says investigators are treating the area like a crime scene.

Terlecky says the students helping with the remains are highly trained and vetted by their professors for the task.