Body Found Face Down in Trinity River Last September Identified

Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

HCSO Humboldt County Sheriff's OfficeThe Humboldt County Coroner’s Office has identified the body found in the Trinity River last year in Hoopa.

On Sept. 11, 2017, at about 3:30 p.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to the Trinity River Bar, near the Hoopa Wildland Fire Department, for the report of a body found in the river. The decedent did not match any known missing persons in the Trinity Valley.

The Coroner’s Office has positively identified the body through DNA comparison as 53-year-old Russell Dean Graeber of Hoopa. Graeber’s cause of death has been determined as freshwater drowning.

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

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3 comments

  • Covelo or busted

    Face down eh..Thanks for the details.

  • May his children be given a great outpouring of comfort as they face the loss of their father. So thankful Mr. Graeber was identified. Now there can be a measure of closure for his family and friends. May those who have stepped up to provide loving homes for his children be given the help they need. Each of you are true blessings to his children. Thank you. May you Rest In Peace Mr. Graeber.

  • unbridled philistine

    Did not match any missing locals? Nobody report him missing? Took this long to learn I.D?

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