CARLSBAD, N.M.—New Mexico State Police have identified human remains found near Brantley Lake as those of a missing Roswell man.

The remains of Eric Ahlskog were found last week by hikers in an area known as Champion Bay.

State police spokesman Lt. Robert McDonald says investigators are still trying to determine how Ahlskog died.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports (http://bit.ly/U1NX2X) the remains consisted of a skull and several larger bones and that Ahlskog's identification card was also found buried under the soil of the dry lake bed.

Ahlskog was last seen on July 3, 2011, while he was camping at Brantley Lake State Park north of Carlsbad. Searchers followed his tracks until they disappeared, and U.S. Border Patrol search dogs sniffed out his scent until they lost it near a campground.