Missing Man Found Dead On Old Logging Road

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This is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:

Mendocino County Sheriff's Office MCSO

On 3-7-16 the following Search and Rescue (SAR) teams responded to Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office request for Mutual Aid in this search; California Rescue Dog Association, Sonoma County SAR , Contra Costa County SAR , Napa County SAR, Lake County SAR, Solano County SAR and Humboldt County SAR.  Also responding to the request for assistance was the California National Guard Air Unit, California Office of Emergency Services Law Branch, Cal Fire Mendocino Unit, and Little Lake Fire Department.  Approximately 70 searchers and 30 support personnel were fielded during this search incident.

Around 1422 hours an all terrain vehicle (ATV) search team discovered a deceased male approximately 1/4 mile north of Laughlin Peak, along an old logging road.  The male matched the description of the missing person and a deputy coroner was dispatched to the location.  With the assistance of a California National Guard Blackhawk Helicopter the decedent was extracted from the woods and flown back to the incident command base, where his identity was confirmed as that of the missing person, Jamie Dalton, a 46 year old male who lived in the Ukiah area.

The decedent was found dressed in a black leather jacket, a black shirt, tan shorts and black shoes.  The weather during this search incident was cold, wet, with some snow and sleet falling in the area.  A death investigation has been initiated and an autopsy is being scheduled.  There were no obvious signs of trauma on the decedent and foul play is not suspected.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all agencies and volunteer search and rescue personnel who responded to assist on this incident.

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