Friday, March 31, 2023

Lake County Law Enforcement Recover Woman’s Body From Wrecked Vehicle ‘Deceased for Some Time’


On July 10, 2021, at approximately 11:00 p.m., Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies and California Highway Patrol officers responded to reports of a vehicle down a steep embankment off of rural Morgan Valley Road near the Napa County line. LCSO Lieutenant Corey Paulich confirmed a women’s body was recovered from the vehicle that he characterized as having been there for “some time.”

Lieutenant Paulich said investigators have a strong idea of the decedent’s identity but have yet to confirm or notify the next-of-kin. He added that there are no active missing persons associated with the decedent nor the vehicle.  He did say a deceased dog was discovered along with the woman’s body.

“There is no foul play suspected,” Lieutenant Paulish said.

California Highway Patrol Officer Efrain Cortez told us the vehicle was discovered on Morgan Valley Road west of milepost marker 10.05, a road that he characterized as “rural and desolate.” The vehicle had plunged down a steep embankment and was shrouded in “pine, oak, and brush” down a deep drainage ditch.

Officer Cortez said the CHP investigation determined the woman was driving westbound when her vehicle went over the embankment.

Lieutenant Paulich suggested the identity of the driver would be determined sometime next week.



  1. What a horrible way for it to end. And for no one to of reported her missing. Praying you or your dog didn’t suffer.

  2. The whole thing is so sad and horrible. We tend to humanize our pets, but it must be somewhat true that when dogs, mainly, are involved in tragic human events, they don’t understand what’s going on, however, they have good intuition and must know something not good is happening. I hope neither of them suffered and I hope they found comfort being together in that awful situation. May they rest peacefully.

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