Christine Ann Randolph also known as Clover. [Photo from her missing person’s flyer]
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office released a statement today reporting that the death of 53-year-old Christine Ann Randolph whose body was located under a pile items in a van that had been in a wreck in Brooktrails and subsequently impounded by the CHP in early October. The Chief Deputy Coroner classified her death as an accident caused by “Acute Combined Diazepam, Nordiazepam and Morphine Toxicity.”
This ruling follows a complex series of events came to the attention of law enforcement on October 8, 2023, when the California Highway Patrol (CHP) was alerted to a traffic collision in the Brooktrails Subdivision of Willits, California. The incident involved a Toyota Sienna van, which was found unoccupied. Root Harvest Birimisa, a 26-year-old male from Eureka and identified as Randolph’s son, was arrested in connection with the collision. Birimisa was charged with DUI and hit-and-run resulting in property damage and booked into the Mendocino County Jail.
Root Harvest Birimisa [Photo from the Mendocino County Jail booking log]
Family and friends concerned about the missing woman who reportedly had been traveling with her son reported her missing. A multijurisdictional effort ensued, involving several law enforcement agencies across Humboldt and Mendocino counties. The investigation led to a search warrant for the Toyota Sienna van, leading to the discovery of Randolph’s body concealed under a pile of belongings inside the van on October 11.
According to a press release from MCSO,
The interior of the Toyota Sienna van was packed with a significant number of belongings to include clothing, luggage and living supplies.
Investigators began removing the belongings and subsequently located a deceased female adult who was located in a section of concaved flooring which was concealed by the large number of belongings.
The female adult was identified as being Randolph and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office assumed investigative lead into the circumstances of her death.
The Mendocino County Coroner’s report stating Randolph died of Acute Toxicity brings a measure of closure to the case, although the circumstances surrounding Randolph body in the van at the time of her son’s arrest remain unclear.