MOHAVE COUNTY – The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is once again thanking Othram Inc. for its ongoing assistance in achieving positive identification in human remains cases. Agency spokeswoman Anita Mortensen said authorities now know the identity of the person whose remains were located and recovered from a wash near Pioneer Dr. and Laguna Rd. in Golden Valley in Oct., 2021.

“Using advanced DNA testing and Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing, Orthram Inc. was able to identify the remains as belonging to Christopher Canning, 60,” Mortensen said. She said the Golden Valley man was reported missing by a family member five months before his then unidentified remains were recovered.

“Due to the state of the remains when they were located, an official cause of death was not able to be determined, however foul play is not suspected,” Mortensen said.