IDAHO FALLS -- Police in eastern Idaho say they have started an investigation following the finding of badly decomposed human remains in a remote area 12 miles east of Idaho Falls.

Sgt. Phil Grimes of the Idaho Falls Police Department says the remains were found Friday afternoon by a motorist who had walked uphill in search of a better cellphone signal after his truck became stuck in mud.

Grimes says the Idaho State Police Crime Lab will try to make an identification of the remains in a process that will take at least two weeks and possibly two months.

Grimes tells the Post Register that police are fairly sure the remains are of a female, but not certain. He says suspicious evidence at the scene prompted the investigation, but suicide can't be ruled out.

Bonneville County has two notable cases involving missing women.

Stephanie Eldredge, a mother of three, hasn't been seen since August 2007. And 20-year-old Amber Hoopes has been missing since September 2001.

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