MCSO Identifies Woman Found in Russian River

Press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:Death Investigation feature

On 03-27-2024, a post-mortem examination was conducted as a part of this coroner’s investigation. Sheriff’s Office personnel researched recent missing person investigations and identified a subject who was a possible match to the physical characteristics of the decedent from this case. During the post-mortem examination, medical records for the subject reported as missing were compared to the decedent from this investigation. From examining these medical records, the decedent from this investigation was identified as Caitlin Bunger, a 37-year-old female who was reportedly a transient in the Ukiah, CA area.

As a part of this continuing investigation, representatives from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Coroner’s Unit contacted the legal next-of-kin for Bunger and notified them of her death. According to Bunger’s family, she had moved to California approximately 5-6 months prior to this investigation. From researching Sheriff’s Office Records, Bunger had been reported as a missing person to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office in October of 2023 and again in March of 2024. During previous investigations, it was reported that Bunger was homeless and frequented the Perkins Street Bridge area in Ukiah, CA.

The cause and manner of Bunger’s death are still being investigated and there are no preliminary findings that can be released at this time from the post-mortem examination.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is requested to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office at 707-463-4086. Information can also be provided anonymously by calling the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency tip line at 707-234-2100.

Earlier: Unidentified Woman Found Floating in Russian River

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The world has went crazy
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The world has went crazy
2 months ago

So sad. Praying for the family.

Stillwantstoknow
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Stillwantstoknow
2 months ago

💐✝️💐Heartfelt condolences and prayers.

Thank you RHBB for actually following up on the initial report. I know a lot of us appreciate that.

Someone knows
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Someone knows
2 months ago
Truth Be Told
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Truth Be Told
2 months ago
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The subject in this case was dead long before the guy with the neon yellow noose showed up. The body was in an advanced state of decomposition and had been in the water for some time. But I love the unfounded speculation.

Antichrist
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Antichrist
2 months ago
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So someone wanted to kill themselves and you took from that they must have killed someone ? Wow

Juan Pablo
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Juan Pablo
2 months ago

It would be nice to hear the coroner’s findings, alas I have a sad feeling this is the last we will hear of Ms. Bunger.

Mendo Known 50 years
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Mendo Known 50 years
2 months ago

Gonna keep seeing things like this until something is done about the Fentanyl Crisis.
The crazy thing is I can’t get a plastic straw with a milkshake in San Francisco (plastic straws are illegal), but we handout 5 million plastic syringes a year, most of which end up on our streets

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Mendocino Mamma
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Mendocino Mamma
2 months ago

Let’s not deny the elephant in the room. The Ukiah Valley is an increasingly dangerous place for people that struggle with resources. All the resources in the world available in the Ukiah Valley are not sustainable, not practical, and really offer no Solutions. There’s a lot of overlapping of services people duplicating and doing the same things without anything really better coming of it. If you are housing challenged in Ukiah and are forced to the streets it is just as deadly as being in a large city. People fall through the cracks every day lack of mental health support SUDT services that are a joke. Clients leave the meetings and go get high laughing and shooting gang signs and whistling as they exit the door on Dora Street. People please be aware if you need assistance want to get sober need support you’re not going to get it in the Ukiah Valley very easily if at all. 1 year success rate fir orograms? 3 year? 5 year? very few if any.