The remains of an adult female, found by ATV riders on Highland Mountain, has been identified by Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee as that of 58-year old Cynthia Zak of Pioche.

She was found on the mountain near the Comet Mine by the ATV riders June 17. Her 2001 Saturn appeared to have gotten stuck in a dry wash. The keys were in the vehicle, and her dog, on a leash, but not tied up, was also near the vehicle. Finding no one around, the riders widened their search, Lee said, and about 100 yards away, came across what appeared to be a deceased body.

Lee said the positive identification was made by the Clark County Coroner’s office in Las Vegas, but the pathology report has not been returned stating the cause of death.

She had been reported missing May 30 by a family member from out of state, and when deputies arrived at the scene, they said it appeared the car had been there about two or three weeks.

Zak was known to have medical issues that may have contributed to her not being able to leave the area after getting the car stuck in a ditch or a trench.

Funeral arrangements may be pending.