Remains of Wanted Utah Man Found in Cave Five Years After Intense Manhunt
Lance Arellano disappeared near the desert in Moab
The body of a wanted man who disappeared in 2010 during an intense police manhunt has been found in Utah.
Skeletal remains believed to be those of Lance Leeroy Arellano – who police allege shot and wounded a park ranger – were found on Thursday inside a small desert cave near Moab, Utah, a police statement obtained by PEOPLE explains.
In 2010, hundreds of officers spent days searching canyons and caves for the 40-year-old Arellano, who was named as the suspect in the shooting of Brody Young.
Young made a full recovery after the shooting, but lives today with four bullets lodged inside his body.
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A college student happened upon the remains, which were next to a bag containing a handgun, ammunition and binoculars, according to the statement.
The student went searching for Arellano’s remains in hopes he’d be able to claim the $30,000 reward still being offered for information about the suspected shooter.
Young was shot several times in the back after approaching Arrellano’s car on Nov. 19. 2010.
Officers say they found personal effects next to the remains that indicate the body is Arrellano.
Young managed to return fire during the 2010 incident, and officers believe Arrellano was wounded in that exchange.
Medical examiners are working to formally identify the remains, the statement claims.