Dog Finds Human Remains Suspected to Be Missing Covelo Man
Human remains found in the Covelo area yesterday are believed to be that of Timothy Sweeting. He is missing and presumed dead after witnesses reported he was assaulted by Joshua Richard Ruoff. Ruoff has been arrested in New Hampshire. (See further details here.)
Below is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office about yesterday’s find:
On 06-02-2016 at about 6:30 AM, a caller in the 23500 block of Road 337D (Charlie Hurt Highway) in Covelo, called to report suspicious dog activity where possible human remains had been unearthed.
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives from the Investigative Services Bureau responded and identified human remains in a significant grave site.
This grave site was located in proximity to the residence processed as a crime scene in connection with Timothy William Sweeting’s disappearance.
Due to the nature of the grave, and the condition of the remains, Anthropologists from the California State University at Chico Anthropology Department were called in to assist in the excavation of the remains.
At this time, the remains have not been positively identified but are suspected to be that of Timothy William Sweeting.
A forensic autopsy has been scheduled for 06-03-2016.