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Authorities Backtrack Revealing Willits John Doe’s Skeleton Showed Signs of Unknown Injury 

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A photograph of 27-year-old Thaddeus Keegan Bradley taken on July 26, 2021, just months before his decomposed body was found underneath a bridge north of Willits [Image from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office]

In a strange twist to a strange case, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office announced yesterday that despite initially attributing the death of a man found decomposed north of Willits to acute methamphetamine toxicity, they now suspect other unknown injuries contributed to the death. 

In a press release published yesterday, MCSO announced “an anthropological examination of Thaddeus Keegan Bradley’s skeletal remains showed signs of perimortem injuries.” This means the skeleton’s condition suggested some sort of significant injury at or near the time of his death. 

The press release went on to say, “The cause of these injuries is unknown and unexplained thus far.”

Last week, MCSO announced that DNA technology had led to the identification of human remains found in September 2021 along Highway 101 just south of the intersection with Covelo Road. The remains belonged to 27-year-old Thaddeus Keegan Bradley from San Antonio, Texas.

Bradley, who reportedly went by “Tad”, lived a transient lifestyle throughout the Emerald Triangle. He frequented Humboldt County’s Fortuna and Arcata, Trinity County’s Weaverville, and Mendocino County’s Willits, Ukiah, and the coastal town of Mendocino. 

An MCSO deputy reportedly had contact with Bradley on July 26, 2021, and on September 9, 2021, he was found deceased. 

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Bradley remained a John Doe for nearly two years after his decomposed remains were located with the only published record of his discovery hosted in the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. At that point, he stood out amongst thousands of unidentified people due to the fact his body was found wearing women’s clothes and a book associated with the occult was located nearby his body

With this new information from MCSO, investigators are asking that anyone with information “that could assist investigators in this coroner’s investigation” contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip-Line by calling 707-234-2100 or the WeTip anonymous crime reporting hotline at (800) 782-7463.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. What’s not scary about this? That your skeletal remains can be found and they show “significant injury” at time of death but at time found no mention to public of said injuries….and autopsy indicates cause of death meth overdose. This only comes out two years later after family found through DNA. This man was known to our local police have
    Ing several encounters. As a former l eo especially in a small town I WOULD have remembered coming in contact with a man in a dress carrying Crowley’s book. All I can say at this point is it appears that it was assumed he would not be identified. Scary is a coroner who would see significant injuries at time of death and still just list as a drug overdose without investigating further…and allowing lie to continue. Either your a bad coroner and need to be replaced or your a “Dirty” coroner” and need to be replaced. Never have I’ve seen a more compromised county government in my life. Its a free for all up here run by very personable people and pushy ones….from cops who are in cahoots with the tow companies in fb to get your car….to the drugs and whatever the f else is going on in covelo this county is never going to get better. Covelo needs to break free of mcsd and ask for fed help. History shows having much in your area is not a good area for anyone, including a cop who may get put out there who has good intentions. God you would need weeks to talk about corruption in others areas of out local government.

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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