Police believe the remains of a man suspected of shooting a Utah state park ranger in 2010 have been found by two brothers who spent their holiday break with the sole purpose of doing just that.
Lance Leeroy Arellano allegedly shot state park ranger Brody Young nine times in 2010 while he checked on a suspicious vehicle near Moab, Utah, FOX 13 reported.
Young survived the attack and returned fire on the suspect.
“I heard him, you know, yell out, 'You got me' and then, like I backed off, behind my truck a ways, and I just went unconscious,” Young told FOX 13 after the shooting.
After an extensive search of the area in 2010, police did not find Arellano.
Caleb Shumway, 23, and his 15-year-old brother, Jarom Shumway, decided to spend their holiday break from school searching for clues to what happened to Arellano, repoted FOX 13.
“I almost felt certain I could find them,” Caleb said of the search, according to FOX 13.
Caleb’s curiosity over what happened to Arellano made him want to complete a search of the area.
“I’ve always kind of, here in Moab, wondered if he got away or if he was dead somewhere in the rocks,” Caleb said.
The hunt for Arellano proved difficult given the terrain of the area.
“The majority of the time that was spent out there was spent in caves, on our elbows and our knees,” Caleb said, according to FOX 13.
On the second day of their search, Caleb and his brother found bones, which eventually led them to Arellano’s remains in a cave.
“He was way down in the cave,” Caleb said. “In fact, the cave he was down in — there was the initial level of the cave that we crawled into and found the first bone, and then the cave tunnels off to the side, and we found a bag, and then we actually found the actual body. It was over some more, and down even deeper in to the ground."
The bag had a pistol, magazine, and pair of binoculars inside, reported FOX 13.
“It’s really exciting finding some closure for all the families involved, all the police involved, and then just getting to be in the middle of it; it's exciting, and it feels good,” Caleb said.
Caleb reported his findings on Dec. 24 to the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, according to a department press release on Grand County Utah's website. Upon measuring the cave, authorities found it could only have been accessed by “crawling through a narrow entrance way to a void in the rocks that was approximately 6 feet long and 3 feet high and approximately 3 feet wide,” the press release said.
Due to the evidence collected at the scene, investigators believe the remains belong to Arellano. They have been sent to the Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office for positive identification.