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.
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.