Death of Missing Woman Found Deceased in Impounded Van Ruled Accidental by Mendocino Coroner

Christine Ann Randolph

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]

Root Harvest Birimisa [Photo from the Mendocino County Jail booking log]

Birimisa had previously been arrested by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office on September 19, 2023, for three felony offenses. On September 25, John Chiv reported on his website that the Humboldt County DA charged Birimisa with “lewd act on a child, assault with intent to commit rape, sodomy, oral copulation and two special allegations for sex offenses.”

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.

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Ben Round
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Ben Round
1 month ago

A sad example of how people and authorities can jump to conclusions.
This young (possibly troubled) man lost his mother…. and then was blamed for her death.
It seems but a quaint notion, especially with online conversations, but please remember, INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY!

Guest
Guest
Guest
1 month ago
Reply to  Ben Round

Did you read the list of sex offenses on a child that man was arrested for?

Per the accusations, he seems like a predator not “a troubled young man”. I would not want that man free in society until he is proven innocent.

Antichrist
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Antichrist
1 month ago
Reply to  Guest

Hrmm so if you were arrested for similar charges you and your friends and family would be ok with people jumping on that bandwagon and demanding you prove your innocence verses assuming you were innocent correct ? It all sounds good and just until it is you or someone you know very well accused of crimes that would turn your stomach yet it happens every single day and sadly often times innocent people spend years if not decades locked away only to later be found innocent

Mel
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Mel
1 month ago
Reply to  Antichrist

I’m sure you feel the same way about President Trump.

pandamoniumD
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pandamonium
1 month ago
Reply to  Mel

i watched in real time as trump committed the majority of his crimes, but i have not had the same opportunity with this man.
On the other hand, i have seen someone who i believe to be innocent of the crimes he was accused of take his own life because he believed he would be assumed guilty for the rest of his life.
it is ok to wait for the evidence before we decide what has actually happened. is it likely this man is sexually inappropriate? probably, but waiting until the evidence is presented is the wisest course of action
Because allegations can be lodged against anyone with or without merit. And if it happens to you, you’ll hope people will wait until court to determine what they think of you.

Country Joe
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1 month ago
Reply to  pandamonium

What crimes did you see Trump Commit in real time? Stop spreading lies and BS about the best we’ve had in decades. He’s committed no crimes and hasn’t been convicted of any crimes. Democrats have wasted $$$ Millions of your tax dollars attempting to set him up using the weaponized DOJ, CIA, NSA and congress.

Jocelyn Febreezy
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Jocelyn Febreezy
1 month ago
Reply to  Country Joe

The red Vampire Christmas decorations at the Whitehouse.

Lost Croat OutburstD
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Lost Croat Outburst
1 month ago
Reply to  Mel

Ex-President Trump called in his violent minions, supplicants and mendicants to attack the U.S. Capitol based on The Big Lie. Millions witnessed his betrayal of his oath to defend the Constitution. That’s why he is ineligible to run again under the 14th Amendment. If you apply to be a firefighter, you must pass certain physical and mental tests. If you fail, you don’t get hired, no court action required.
Under MAGA management, if Trump loses it has to be fraud so violence is justified.
if patriots lose, like Gore in 2000 or Hillary in 2016, they make gracious concessions and move on.
Under The Modern Republican Party we will have a sham Potemkin democracy; Orban Renewal and Putin Power.
Don’t worry, The Supreme Court will find some way for Trump to skate like Hans Brinker. Trump is a messenger from God, so Satan can take a vacation.

Country Joe
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1 month ago

Why are you posting lies about President Trump? He’s been convicted of nothing…

Ben Round
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Ben Round
1 month ago
Reply to  Guest

Granted, he is accused of many serious crimes. Operative word ‘accused’. He apparently did not get out on bail, nor has he been convicted. And yeah, he is not smiling in that mug shot.
May justice be fair and prevail!

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Enough already
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Enough already
1 month ago
Reply to  Ben Round

Jumping conclusions seem to be something you are familiar with. No where does it say he was arrested for killing his mother or that he was suspected of killing her. He was arrested and held in custody for the dui and hit and run charges. The death of his mother was under investigation.

“Authorities” never claimed he was responsible for his mother’s death, only that her death was being investigated. Investigations often prove innocence just as often as they prove guilt.

As far as comments or other claims of him being involved in her death, that is part of society. Proof of that is evident in today’s politics and world events. People are being punished and accused of actions without being proven guilty.

Guest
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Guest
1 month ago
Reply to  Ben Round

What!!!!!???? He most likely drugged his mother. Let’s get real.

Jocelyn Febreezy
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Jocelyn Febreezy
1 month ago
Reply to  Guest

The thought crossed my mind. In as much as it reminds me of the several young women found dead around Sonoma, and Mendocino, (and one in Sacramento) last year. It seemed like as soon as they found meth in the dead women’s system, it’s like “case closed”. With this level of detective work, all a murderer would have to do use meth to poison them, and he’s off Scott free. It seemed unlikely all these women were out meth hiking on their own.

Valster
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Valster
1 month ago
Reply to  Ben Round

Ben. No… just no. His mother died, He did NOT report it. He hid her body in a recessed part of the van and piled clothes and other items on top of her dead body. He did not call police or notify family, nothing. He rode around with his mother’s dead body in the back for who knows how long. He got arrested for hit and run and did not disclose his dead mother in the van. The police had to go to the impound and dig her dead body out. He’s also a child rapist. What conclusions have been jumped to?

Entering a world of pain
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What are the possible scenarios here?
The son knew she was dead when he crashed the van?
Or…
That she was alive when he fled the scene and died inside the van because the CHP didn’t inventory the vehicle after a DUI arrest?
Since when do the cops need a warrant to search a vehicle that’s been involved in a crime?

And yeah the dude is “troubled”…
he’s smiling in his mugshot.

Mendoreader
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Mendoreader
1 month ago

I’m for sure wondering what the estimated time of death was. Was she alive when they took the van to the impound lot? Did she die a few days later? It seems only her son can tell us what exactly happened.

ginny
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ginny
1 month ago

Shoddy multi-jurisdictional police work to not notice a dead woman in the car. Geesh!

Dogbiter
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Dogbiter
1 month ago

It kinda sounds like “mom” was in the spare tire well, under a whole bunch of junk. So, how did she get there and what was sonny boy trying to do? I never tried taking a nap in the spare tire well and I doubt she did either. I have no problem jumping to conclusions when it comes to child molesting druggies.

Yep sometimes you have to point fingers
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Yep sometimes you have to point fingers
1 month ago
Reply to  Dogbiter

I’m right with you. If she had simply overdosed on medication she took on a regular basis why hide the body. I mean I could be wrong maybe she said you know what I’m going to over dose myself and hide myself under all this stuff. That is a possibility also.
But knowing he was already arrested for such awful crimes I’m going g to lean towards he may have something to do with it.
I don’t know the whole story or what their life is or was like. So really not my job to judge. I hope he didn’t have anything to do with her death cause that is a whole new can of worms that will be opened up.

Georga B
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Georga B
1 month ago
Reply to  Dogbiter

I have to agree with your good point here… I mean- in no way that I can think would a person just curl up for a nap in a location such as that.

AkbarD
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1 month ago

I suspect the mother and child reunion is a motion away.

shortjohnson
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shortjohnson
1 month ago
Reply to  Akbar

And the course of a lifetime runs
Over and over again

Sky PilotD
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1 month ago

Root Harvest…seriously ??