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Authorities identify remains as those of missing backpacker

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Posted at 8:24 AM, Feb 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-01 10:24:48-05

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho — Authorities say they've identified human remains as those of an Idaho man who went missing while backpacking a decade ago.

The Idaho County coroner said Friday that the remains of Todd William Hofflander were identified using DNA analysis. Authorities say the 39-year-old Hofflander was last seen in late September of 2010 while backpacking with a friend.

A hunter found the remains in April 2020 in the Bernard Creek area in west-central Idaho west of Riggins.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that the hunter took a camera found with the remains and turned it over to authorities. It contained photos of Hofflander.