[UPDATE: Monday] Human Remains Discovered in the River Near Stafford Sunday
A person canoeing on the Eel River discovered skeletal remains today near Stafford, confirmed Corp. Bryan Waxler of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department.
About noon, the department received the report of the findings. A deputy was sent to the scene to confirm. After seeing the remains he requested the Coroner.
Staff from the Coroner’s Office arrived on scene and collected the remains. “They used a jet ski to get access to the remains,” Waxler explained.
The situation is under investigation. We will request more information from the Coroner’s Office tomorrow.
UPDATE 11:37 p.m. Monday: Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release:
On May 15, 2016 at about 1:00 PM the Sheriff’s Office was notified by a person canoeing on the Eel River of possible human remains found on the Shively side of the Eel River near Stafford. Deputies responded to the location and were able to confirm that the remains were of human origin.
A Sheriff’s Detective and Deputy Coroner responded to the scene. The remains are described as mostly skeletal. Due to the extreme decomposition of the body, it is unknown if the remains are male or female at this time. Further examination by a pathologist or anthropologist may be needed before we have any further information to release.
Anyone with further information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office.