Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Releases Information on Bodies Found Near Mattole and Centerville Beaches

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Autopsies on both bodies found on beaches in the last week have been performed, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department.

The autopsy on the body found near the Mattole Beach, unfortunately, was inconclusive, explained Samantha Karges of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department. “Due to the decomposition of the body, we cannot positively confirm the sex of the body,” she explained.

The autopsy on the body found at Centerville Beach determined that the body was that of a male and, according to Karges. “Preliminary results from the autopsy show the cause of death is consistent with drowning,” she said. “However we are still doing more investigation into the cause and manner of death.”

Karges stated, “We are in the process of collecting DNA from families of local missing people to do a DNA comparison on both bodies. We anticipate it will take at least a few weeks to get those results back. We do send out DNA for testing, as we don’t have the capability to do a comparison in-house. I don’t have an exact timeline unfortunately, as it depends on the lab’s workload, the family’s timeliness in submitting DNA, etc. So it will be at least a few weeks until we know more.”

She wanted to “reassure the public that we are working on this and we ask that they remain patient as we continue the investigation process.”

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