Unidentified Remains Found by Hiker Near Petrolia

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Officials believe the unidentified person whose body was found by a hiker in the Mattole Beach area on Wednesday afternoon died some time ago, according to a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Friday.

Few details were immediately available, including whether the remains were those of a man or a woman. Officials are asking anyone with information to contact the sheriff’s office.


Read the full release from the sheriff's office below:
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies recovered a body near Petrolia Wednesday afternoon. On Feb. 21, 2018, at about 4:00 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report from a hiker who located the body in the Mattole Beach area. The Petrolia Volunteer Fire Department and the Bureau of Land Management assisted in recovering the body.

The body is believed to have been deceased for some time and has not yet been identified. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday, February 23. Anyone with information about 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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