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Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Weitchpec late yesterday afternoon after receiving a report that human remains had been found. At about 4:40 p.m. Tuesday, Sheriff’s Deputies and officers from the Yurok Public Safety Department arrived at a residence on Highway 96 near Weitchpec and confirmed that the remains were human. The remains were in a stand of trees, on private property. The scene was secured overnight and early this morning Sheriff’s Detectives and an evidence technician arrived at the scene.
Due to the condition of the remains, neither the identity of the decedent nor the cause of death have been established yet. More information will be released as the investigation progresses.