The remains of a body found outside Desert Hot Springs near Palm Springs was reported to belong to a missing Nevada County man Tuesday, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office.
Riverside County’s Special Investigations Bureau used DNA to match the remains to Isaiah Marsh, 30, who was reported missing by friends and family in April 2009, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. Marsh’s remains were discovered in June 2009.
The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, which was notified of the identification on Aug. 16, directed all inquiries to the Riverside County Sheriff Office’s homicide and crime analysis unit when the local agency announced the identification Tuesday.
The last reported development in Marsh’s case was when his Ford F350 truck was discovered in May 2009 in Riverside County. At the time of that development, Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal was quoted by The Union as describing the case as a likely homicide.
Prior to that, the only information associated with the missing person case was that Marsh’s last cell phone transmission put the device in the Bullards Bar Reservoir area near North San Juan and the subsequent discovery of a trailer allegedly used to grow marijuana at Marsh’s residence just outside Nevada City.
Marsh’s disappearance shocked friends and family when he vanished without a trace. Loved ones pursued an aggressive campaign to search for Marsh and keep his disappearance at the forefront of public perception, holding vigils and setting up a fund to offer a reward for information about his disappearance.
A website was even built, called findisaiah.org, to help facilitate the search.
The Union directed questions to the Riverside sheriff’s office, but no answers were available as of press time Tuesday. Attempts to reach Marsh’s family by phone were also unsuccessful Tuesday.
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