Mendocino County Sheriff Deputies and Detectives Investigating Human Remains Along Highway 101 Near Covelo Road

After a tip from a reader prompted an inquiry, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Captain Greg Van Patten has confirmed that deputies and detectives are currently on Highway 101 near the intersection to Highway 162 investigating “badly decomposed” human remains.

The reader told us the deputies and detectives were located on Highway 101 near mile marker 57 with a side road blocked. They reported the law enforcement personnel were “taking pictures of a scene over the side of the overpass.”

Captain Van Patten said the remains were confirmed to be human and described the area as a “possible homeless camp from appearance.” He said the remains appear to be male and do not have any clear signs of being scattered by animals. 

Addressing whether there is anything to indicate the death could be of a suspicious nature, Captain Van Patten said it is currently “too early to tell.”

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