“Human Remains Found in Arizona Desert Identified as Christopher Canning, Deceased Victim”

By | August 3, 2023

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The human remains found in northwestern Arizona two years ago have been identified as Christopher Canning, a 60-year-old man from Golden Valley. The cause of death could not be determined, but foul play is not suspected. This is the fourth time this year that Othram Inc., a private laboratory specializing in forensic genealogy, has helped Mohave County detectives identify human remains. KTAR.com reported

Authorities announced on Thursday that human remains discovered in the desert in northwestern Arizona two years ago have been identified through a genetic genealogy investigation. The remains have been confirmed to belong to Christopher Canning, a 60-year-old resident of Golden Valley. Due to the condition of the remains, an official cause of death could not be determined, but foul play is not suspected. Canning was reported missing by a family member in May 2021, and the remains were found by a citizen in a remote desert wash in October of that year.

To identify Canning, Mohave County detectives collaborated with Othram Inc., a private laboratory specializing in forensic genealogy. Othram conducted DNA testing and forensic-grade genome sequencing on a sample of the remains, successfully making the identification on Monday.

This marks the fourth instance this year in which Othram has assisted Mohave County detectives in identifying human remains. In January, the company helped identify a body found in 1971 as Colleen Audrey Rice. In April, remains discovered in Golden Valley in January 2021 were identified as Brian Crain. In July, a human skull found in Golden Valley in September 2022 was identified as Jordan Victor Carvalho.

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