Mineral County Remains Dating Back 33 Years Identified

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Remains located in Mineral County dating back to 1991 have been identified through work performed by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation Cold Case team and the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office.

Using Forensic Investigative Genetic Genealogy (FIGG), confirming with dental records and other investigative tools, the remains have been identified as those of Steven Kenneth Risku (DOB 08/16/1957) of Indiana.

Risku's remains were located on Wolf Creek Pass in Mineral County in 1991.

Risku’s last known address was in Indianapolis, Indiana. His family indicated that he did visit California on occasion. It is still unknown why Risku came to Colorado, but he was known to be adventurous and had a love for the outdoors, according to his family.

In 2023,  DNA was submitted for FIGG testing in which information was developed that led to the identification of Risku.

It is unknown if foul play is involved in Risku’s death.

“The identification of Mr. Risku is a tremendous first step in helping  provide his family with answers,” said Mineral County Sheriff Terry Wetherill. "If anyone has information as to why or how Steven Risku was at a remote location on Wolf Creek Pass or if anyone has any additional questions, please contact the Mineral County Sheriff's Office."

Those with information are asked to call the Mineral County Sheriff's Office at 719-658-2600.

Risku with beard wearing blue flannel shirt