On September 11, 2017, a male adult was found deceased in the Trinity River, Hoopa. The identity of the decedent is unknown at this time. Because of the condition of the body, fingerprints have not identified this decedent. It is estimated he was in the river for one to three weeks. No evidence of injury was seen. An autopsy is being scheduled for later this week to determine cause of death.
No known missing persons in the Trinity Valley match this decedent in either Humboldt or Trinity counties.
This decedent had short reddish brown hair and a well-kept short reddish brown moustache and beard. His age is estimated at 30 to forty years old. He is approximately 6’ 0” tall. His weight could not be estimated. When he was found, the decedent was wearing grey Avia brand short pants, and Romeo boots. He was wearing a SKMEI brand wristwatch.
Anyone with possible information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call Deputy Coroner Charles Van Buskirk at 707-268-3755.
The 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.