Deceased man confirmed as McCloud missing person

Photo Courtesy Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE (3:35 p.m.) -

Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey has positively identified the body of the man found on Sunday by its Search and Rescue team in the Mount Shasta Forest Subdivision area, as that of a missing person, Dennis Jewett, 68, of McCloud.

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Search and Rescue teams found human remains Sunday morning a couple hundred feet from the residence of missing Mt. Shasta Forest Subdivision man, Dennis Jewett. Siskiyou County law enforcement is working with dental records to see if the remains found match that of Jewett, who has been missing since December 3rd.

While the body found matches the description of Jewett, according to Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey, decomposition and animal interference was obvious at the scene. “Although the body found on Sunday may be the remains of Mr. Jewett, this determination cannot be positively made at this time until the decedent is positively identified and the next-of-kin is notified," Lopey said.

Authorities say they found Jewett's home unlocked with his wallet and phone inside, but found no evidence of an assault or robbery. Given that cars registered in Jewett's name were found at the residence, they believe he ventured away from his home on foot.

"Several containers filled with processed marijuana were located in the home, but there is no indication of a link between the drugs recovered and Mr. Jewett's disappearance," said Lopey.

Jewett was last seen on Monday, December 3rd, but was not considered missing until a neighbor filed a report the following week on Wednesday, December 12th.

The body was found after a Human Remains Detection canine and handler conducted a search of the area. The body that SAR found was in a wooded area near Hotlum Drive and Widow Springs, in the Mt. Shasta Forest Subdivision area, east of McCloud, California

Both Jewett's missing persons case and the remains found in the woods are under active investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.


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