Published: Aug 14, 2010 8:02 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 14, 2010 5:02 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Authorities say they have found human remains at the bottom of a gold mine shaft in northern Nevada where two miners were trapped two days ago.

Elko County Sheriff Dale Lotspeich said Saturday that while he can't make a positive identification of the remains, they are believed to be those of the two missing miners.
Lotspeich says it will take from three weeks to two months to identify the remains.
Barrick Gold of North America spokesman Lou Schack says searchers worked for more than 32 hours to safely access the area Friday at the Meikle mine, about 1,300 feet below the surface.

The men were being lowered into a shaft in a cage early Thursday morning when a vertical pipe broke loose from a wall and struck the cage, severely damaging it.