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Jerika Binks

AMERICAN FORK — A hiker in American Fork Canyon found human remains that authorities say might belong to a woman who went missing last year.

Jerika Binks, 24, of American Fork, was last seen leaving a residential treatment center near 300 North and 1100 East in American Fork about 9 a.m. on Feb. 18. She told her roommates she was going for a run, according to the Utah County Sheriff's Office. She hasn't been seen since.

On Sunday, a man hiking in the canyon found the remains and notified the sheriff's office.

Utah County Sheriff's Office
A climber in American Fork Canyon found human remains that authorities say might belong to missing American Fork woman Jerika Binks in on Sunday, April 14, 2019.

"The man said he hikes regularly in that area but had never before hiked in this particular ravine. The terrain is extremely rugged and steep, and the remains were located on the north side of the canyon about 850 feet above the floor of the canyon," according to a statement from the sheriff's office.

Authorities recovered the skeletal remains Monday morning, said Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon.

"We believe there's a good chance they belong to Jerica Binks, but we don't have positive ID yet," Cannon said.

Authorities found evidence of an injury but no evidence so far to suggest foul play was involved, according to the statement.

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Items were found at the scene that match items Binks' family members described as belonging to her, Cannon said.

Although "we feel confident that it is" Binks, Cannon said, authorities are waiting until the State Medical Examiner confirms it.

He said there is no cellphone reception where the remains were found on state Route 92 near the Swinging Bridge picnic site. Cannon declined to comment on whether a cellphone was found near the remains.

Correction: A previous version incorrectly identified the man who found the remains as a rock climber. He was a hiker.