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Joshua Tree National Park remains identified as Canadian Paul Miller

Dental records have confirmed that the human remains found inside Joshua Tree National Park just before Christmasare those of Paul Miller, a Canadian who went missing in July 2018.

Miller’s sister, Dawne Robinson, told The Desert Sun, which is part of the USA TODAY Network, the family received confirmation from the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office on Tuesday morning.

Paul Miller, 51, went missing on July 13, 2018, when vacationing with his wife, Stephanie Miller, and told her he was going out for one more hike at the park – on the popular Fortynine Palms Oasis trail – before they begin their journey back to Guelph, Ontario.

On Dec. 21, Joshua Tree National Park authorities reported that, on Dec. 19, human remains had been found near the trail.

The discovery came through photographs from a drone flyover of the area in November, officials said.

On Dec. 20, park law enforcement rangers hiked to the area where they found skeletal remains, determined to be human, and personal belongings.

Paul and Stephanie Miller came to Joshua Tree National Park from Guelph, Ontario, to hike. He went out for a short hike on July 13, 2018, alone and has been missing since.

There was no personal identification found with the remains, which appeared to have been there for some time, officials said, adding there were no initial indicators of foul play.

Since it was announced that remains had been found, along with some personal belongings, the Miller family has braced for the likelihood the remains would be those of Paul Miller. 

“It still feels weird. We’ve waited a long time for this,” Robinson said Tuesday morning in a text message.

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