Remains trace to Yuba City man |

Remains trace to Yuba City man

Christina Proctor

Investigators now believe the remains found below Echo Summit last summer are those of Yuba City man.

A group of California Conservation Corps workers found the bones while taking a hike down the ravine after work on Aug. 10. The body was located on a more than 70-degree slope about 600 feet below the highway. Despite expansive searches of the area El Dorado County Sheriff’s investigators could only find bones that made up the torso, arms and upper legs. No skull, hand bones, or bones beneath the kneecaps were found. Due to marks on the bones investigators believe the man was dismembered.

The remains were first examined by a pathologist and then by an anthropologist at the California State University, Chico. The experts estimated the man was between 30 to 40 years old, and of Indo-European decent, which can range from Caucasian to Hispanic and the Mediterranean races. The only significant identifying feature was signs of a traumatic back injury suffered some time in his life. It proved to be a key piece of evidence.

Detective Don Atkinson said an analysis of the vertebra matched with a missing Yuba City man. At that point the homicide case transferred to the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department. Lt. Steven Durfor, of the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department, confirmed that a connection had been made between the two cases and that it was being investigated as a homicide. Durfor said the man’s name is being withheld because his family is out of the country and has still not been notified.

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