At about 2:00 yesterday afternoon, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible dead body in Shelter Cove. Sheriff’s Deputies responded and confirmed there was a deceased male in a creek. The body was found in extremely steep and rugged terrain. Personnel from the Shelter Cove Volunteer Fire Department, the Whale Gulch Volunteer Fire Department, the Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue Team, and the Sheriff’s Office worked together in the body recovery effort.
The body had been found by Diana Totten, an experienced search and rescue mantracker, who had been searching the area for a man who had been reported missing on January 10, 2008. That missing man, Nicholas Bear Sundstrom, 28 of Shelter Cove, was last seen on December 31, 2007.
The body found yesterday has not been positively identified yet. However, investigators believe it to that of Nicholas Sundstrom. The body recovered yesterday was found about a quarter mile from Mr. Sundstrom’s home. An autopsy will be performed later this week to determine a cause of death. The investigation is continuing and additional information will be released as it becomes available.