Tragic news out of Round Valley today after a dead body was located in a field prompting multiple agencies to respond to the scene.
The initial callout went out at 11:30 a.m. asking medical personnel to respond to the area of 76600 Highway 162 in Covelo for an “1144” confirmation, which means they were tasked with confirming a patient was deceased.
The specific location of the incident is muddled at this point. Initially, the body was reportedly found by a field near the Natural Resource Center, across from Biggar Lane. Later, the location was updated and described as a field behind a trailer park on Howard Street
California Highway Patrol, Fish and Game, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, and Round Valley Tribal Police personnel are either on their way to the scene or at the scene. One responding officer specifically asked those first in the area to take photographs, which could indicate an extended investigation is planned.
We have reached out to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and will update when more information is available.
UPDATE 12:44 p.m.: A reader sent us photographs of Round Valley community members and law enforcement/first responders in the area the investigation is taking place.
UPDATE 7:18 p.m.: The following article is the latest information we have on the death investigation including the identity of the decedent and the tribe’s reaction to the tragedy
Please remember that this story is unfolding. Information is being reported as we gather it. However, some of the information coming from witnesses and initial official reports could be wrong. We will do our best to get the facts but, in the case that something is inaccurate, we will update with correct information as soon as we can.