[UPDATE 6:38 p.m.] Sheriff’s Office Releases Name of Man Whose Remains Were Located Not Far From Trespass Grow


Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department gathered in 2014 to search the area where the remains were found. [Photo by a reader]

Today, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department released the name of man whose skull was found at Cuneo Creek in 2014. This was not far from where, on Monday, three suspects fled when they were surprised by law enforcement at their trespass grow.

According to North Coast News, California State Park rangers said that the grow may be associated with these remains. The article also reports that there may be gang involvement.

In 2014, the North Coast Journal posted a story about the finding of the remains that includes a photo.

Below is the press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office containing the name of the man whose remains were found. 

On August 10, 2014, at about 11:30 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call to assist the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office in Cuneo Creek State Park for a report of found human remains. Deputies arrived on scene and met with a Deputy Coroner and a State Park Peace Officer. The officers collected the human remains and an investigation began.

In August 2015, the identification of the remains was confirm by DNA analysis as 31 year old Luis Edwardo Raya, a citizen of Mexico. There is no known cause of death at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Previous: (8/11/2014)

On 08-10-2014, at approximately 7:30 a.m., California State Parks was notified of possible human remains, which were located by a hiker on a trail in Cuneo Creek Campground, Humboldt Redwoods State Park. A Park Ranger responded and confirmed the remains were human. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and Humboldt County Coroner’s Office were notified and responded to the scene. The skeletal remains were collected by a Deputy Coroner and will be examined by a Forensic Anthropologist to determine identity, age, sex and possible cause of death, which are all unknown at this time.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

UPDATE 6:38 p.m.: KMUD has an interview with Thomas Valterria, Supervising Ranger of Humboldt Redwood State Parks. He gives details about the operation in the radio spot in which he alleges that a gang is involved in the trespass grow and connects the gang with the human remains found nearby. He states, “Based on that gang’s history, the location of the body, and the distances that they are more than likely related.”



  • Methicans at least they are taking themselves out keep up the good work .

  • So from the information in this story that trespass grow has been going on undetected for years. How can state parks NOT know that 20 acres in their jurisdiction was being altered for a grow? Is no one bothering to look?

    • Law inforcement is pathetic these days..i hope they read this too..yeah i said pathetic. They just let them run free. Judging by whats going on all around me, all these greed rushers are under the impression they can do anything they want here. Humboldt county has become a Disneyland for criminals. When i was a kid i remember getting in trouble for picking a flower on state park..wtf?

    • its the rangers grow yogi

    • sharpen your pencil

      The problem is the government owns that property already, they are too busy flying over people’s places with a few greenhouses so that they can seize assets. What assets are there to seize from a trespass grow besides trash?

  • I’m confused. The remains were known to be associated with the gang that was known to be associated with the grow that was on public land? Yet when law enforcement went there they made no attempt to capture the gang members in the grow?! They allowed them to run away? Law enforcement brought no dogs and had no plan for the gang members waking up and running away?! I’m missing something or… we have law enforcement with no concern for capturing dangerous criminals.

    • It kind of gives one the impression law enforcement is only interested in removing just enough weed to help keep the price up. On the other hand, why should they risk their lives in a confrontation when nothing would happen to them anyway?

    • It is all about volume.

      When law enforcement agencies can demonstrate that they’ve removed a large volume of marijuana from the illicit marketplace they receive lots of money in the form of grants and other government funding.

      It is all about demonstrating to the public that the marijuana menace is under constant attack.

      The prosecution and incarceration of criminals is often prohibitively expensive for small less populous counties. Why take these fellows into custody, when they will likely leave the county and open up shop elsewhere?

    • Gang members is a broad term. What gang did they belong to? Crips, Bloods? Vagos, Mongols? Nortenos, Longos? TRG???

  • The methicans just clear cutt it very recently they had just planted 2000 plants ,and cleared another 20 acres . But they are long gone scouting there next mega grow .who knows how long they have been using this site ,but this one is shut down .but the cops got lucky . Very brazen these guys . I thin k a 20 acre grow is like saying f u to native humboldt people.

    • And how would “you” know this?Unless you’re growing in the same area… that is! And do you always type with a lisp?

  • They’re now working for my canna thug neighbor, 2nd gen so hums finest. Gotta prob with that?

  • I I ba Bet that 3 armed guy di D Did it!

  • I like the way you think real wood .you must be native humboldt.

  • Shoot I remember back in 75 when they brought the indica seed to panther gap were it all started. I was born in Gerald Phillip s hospital 1960 , now I watch how crazy it is .all because of the methicans . True facts I think the cops are scared of them .come on downy show some real balls if they got rid of them or at least 9r slow them done ,it would make a big difference. Keep up the good word real wood .

    • Okay! But when I landed in late 70’s the story in my Laytonville-area neighborhood was the indica seed coming to Bell Springs and Spy Rock w/ those darn hippies. Then we all started the crossing…Maybe there were a few spots “where it all began”? (BTW- we knew about Panther Gap down there. Where people grew in fields because they didn’t have Bill Stewart buzzing them!)

    • Yeah i think you’re right about the cops being scared…they sure had fun during the green sweep of 83..storming in with Huey helicopters & caravanning into the hills with m-16’s. They sure loved the easy prey back then.

      • Those Hueys were loud! You’d just run off and then they’d tear up your place and steal whatever they wanted. And if you stuck around like a fool you’d get a free helicopter ride …to jail…while they tore up your place and stole whatever they wanted! Sure wasn’t like today when every scared pussy can safely blow up a few greenies- no wonder it’s hitting $500/pound this harvest!

  • Size of trees right off the front porch .

  • Size of trees right off the front porch .when it was 5000 a pd .those were the days .,but soon as garb got its picture on time or life mag .can’t remember exactly ,saying its ground zero .for mary Jane . That’s when the world found out about us ,and here we are .kym you remember when this happened would like to see that pic of down town from the water wheel looking down main.The mag had us as the top story .the cover.

  • The Mega Growers are the new Maxam/Monsanto. Have fun with that ya’ll!

  • It never ceases to amaze me just how short-sighted the “locals” are here. Claiming that out-of-town growers are your main problem, is like saying the people trying to throw you a life-jacket when you’re drowning are interrupting your swim. About time people start recognizing “Fromboldters” are just as involved as the supposed “Greenrushers”, the only difference is they’ve been exploiting the blackmarket pricing structure longer. Without the cash generated by the cannabis industry, this place would literally unravel in a hurry. You think it’s bad now? Check out all the old Rust Belt towns. No jobs, no hope, and a rampant heroin problem that appears to only be getting worse. Eureka is going to start looking a lot like Utica, NY or Trenton, NJ if they don’t embrace the Colorado/Oregon model and try to capitalize on weed tourism. And the rants about how it’s Mexicans doing all the growing is bald-faced racist nonsense. From what I see, it’s the Macktown okies or Fortuna good ol’ boys hiring out for cheap labor because they don’t want to do the work themselves (probably with a Make America Great sticker slapped on the back of their growdozer too…).

    • You’re blinded by the politically correct libtardation trend. Yes its obvious locals are geedy scum too but nothing compared to the greed rush foreigner epidemic. Fuck this economy..i hope it does unravel! Then only the real country folk will survive here.

    • Amen! Hallelujah! I could kiss you whoever you are! Thank you! You just put into words my exact thoughts. You get it! This is the most common sense I’ve read about this industry in a long time. You are 100% right on! 👍

  • Wow…with all my pot growing neighbors…we keep on eye on each others backs, we wave, we share water, we trade, we barbecue, that includes the hillbillies, the mom & pops, the Mexicans and the Bulgarians. A community is a community…we try to stick together. Make peace not war!

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