Skeletal remains have been discovered in the ruins of a rural home that was discovered burned to the ground, a Cochise County sheriff’s spokeswoman says.

A man spotted his neighbor’s burned out home as he was passing by Saturday afternoon and called the sheriff’s office, department spokeswoman Carol Capas says. The man wasn’t sure if his neighbor had been in the house. He told deputies the fire could have broken out anytime between Wednesday and when it was discovered Saturday.

Responding deputies found the remains in the burned out home. The Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office will investigate the cause of death and try to identify the remains.

The fire itself is being investigated by the fire marshal from the Sierra Vista Fire Department.

Senior Editor, News, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Az.