The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:
On 10-31-2023 at 9:48 AM the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was notified by CALFIRE of a vehicle fire in the area of County Road 337L near the Covelo dump in Covelo, California.
Personnel from the Covelo Fire Department had responded to the fire and were in the process of extinguishing the vehicle when they noticed the presence of what appeared to be human remains inside the vehicle.
A Sheriff’s Deputy arrived on scene and confirmed the presence of human remains inside of the severely burnt vehicle.
Sheriff’s Detectives were summoned to the scene along with an arson investigator with the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority.
Sheriff’s Detectives are in the midst of ongoing investigations and will be obtaining assistance from forensic anthropology staff from California State University, Chico.
This assistance will aid Sheriff’s Detectives in the recovery of the human remains and the search for any potential evidence contained within or around the vehicle.
This investigation is currently being handled as a Coroner’s Investigation into what is deemed a suspicious death at this time.
Anyone with information that could assist Sheriff’s Detectives in this case is urged to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Tip-Line at 707-234-2100 or the WeTip Anonymous Crime Reporting Hotline at 800-782-7463.