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Weber County sheriff's detectives are investigating the discovery of a woman's remains on a mountainside above North Ogden on Monday morning, but it could be weeks before the body is identified.
The body, discovered in thick brush by a mountain biker and his dog investigating a foul odor about 9:20 a.m. near 1500 N. Mountain Road, reportedly was in a state of advanced decomposition.
"It appears the body has been on the mountainside for an extended period of time," said Sheriff's Lt. Lane Findlay, adding that the body was in "pretty dense oak brush" near a "fairly popular trial system.
The biker called 911 and North Ogden police officers were first to arrive at the scene. Sheriff's deputies and detectives followed up, calling in the Weber County Search and Rescue Team's climbing unit to help with recovery and removal of the body.
The remains were turned over to the State Medical Examiner's Office to determine identity and probable cause of death.
Results of autopsies and forensic testing usually take up to several weeks to be released.
Police did not immediately provide any information on whether the body showed signs of trauma.