BUTTE, Mont. -

Officials in southwestern Montana say a hiker found human remains in the Welcome Creek Wilderness in the Lolo National Forest.

Granite County Sheriff Scott Dunkerson tells The Montana Standard (http://bit.ly/1opyOsU ) a backpacker from Missoula found the remains on Saturday and led a group, including deputies and a medical examiner, to the area on Sunday afternoon.

The medical examiner took what Dunkerson called "older" remains to the lab for analysis.

The remains were found in rugged country about 15 miles south of the Rock Creek exit on Interstate 90.