[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.



  • LeAnna Carson-Hansen

    May the remains be identified and the family given closure for their lost loved one. May the person who discovered the remains be given comfort and the authorities much guidance in the identification of the lost one.

  • Wonder who this could be…

  • Very sorry to the family.alot of strange things are going on around here lately.please take care pay attention and watch the road.and let’s try to watch out for each other

  • Im really hoping its my sister danielle as we have found just a skull so far. Or hopefully its shiela franks as she was also last seen by jimmy jones. Both my sister and shiela are missing and last seen with jimmy jones. I pray everyday someone will say something.

    • I have been following the story of your missing sister for years from my home here in Texas, sharing all the information posted and praying that all of the loose ends would fit together, there would be a timeline, including events leading up to and including her murder, and, of course, identification, apprehension and sentencing of the person or people responsible. I hope this awful discovery brings a little more light.

      • Me too. It was my first thought when I saw this story. I hope the families get some closure and some much needed justice!!

    • I too thought of the two young woman. I also thought of the older man who disappeared with no shoes on. I know this will be a step in closure for a family. My heart saddens with our missing neighbors.

  • I miss Danielle I pray this is her. Xoxo I love you Nelly

  • Layla DiStefano

    Am I the only one who can’t see the updated press release?

  • HCSO Press release?

  • Fixed. Thanks for letting me know.

  • Slightly off-topic but what ever happened with the remains found on Halloween down by Piercy a few years back? Sneaker poking out of ground. Still no word on DNA? It’s been a while….

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