UPDATE: Grass Valley police investigating ’suspicious death’ | TheUnion.com

UPDATE: Grass Valley police investigating ’suspicious death’

A man was found dead in a heavily wooded area near Brunswick Road early Wednesday, authorities say.

Police found the body around 8:30 a.m. on the west side of Brunswick Road, about a half mile south of Sutton Way, according to Grass Valley Police Capt. Steve Johnson. The body was found after authorities had been searching the area for a 48-year-old male who had been reported as missing last Friday.

It has not been confirmed that the body found is that of the missing individual, though there is some evidence to support this conclusion, Johnson said.

Neither the identity of the missing man nor that of the man found dead have been released by authorities.

The death is being investigated as suspicious, but no cause of death has yet been determined, and there were no obvious signs of foul play or trauma, according to a press release.

A description of the deceased male has not been released by authorities, and efforts to confirm the man’s identity are still underway, the release stated. However, investigators have determined that the description of the deceased male is “similar” to that of the man who had been reported as missing, Johnson said.

The man found this morning appears to have been dead for multiple days, he added.

Police began to look for the missing man on Friday after family members said that they were unable to locate or contact him. Investigators later learned that the man was believed to be homeless, and had purportedly been living in an encampment in the general vicinity of Loma Rica Ranch. A search of this area was unsuccessful, Johnson said.

A more expansive search was mounted at 6 a.m. Wednesday, with 20 volunteers from the Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue team assisting police in their efforts to comb through the forested area around Brunswick Road. Two K9 units accompanied the Search and Rescue volunteers as well, Johnson added.

After finding the body Wednesday morning, police are no longer looking for the missing 48-year-old man in the area near Brunswick Road, but the search has not been officially called off. Investigators are in the process of reaching out to the deceased man’s family to identify him before ending the search, Johnson said.

Staff Writer Stephen Wyer

Initially posted:

On Friday, May 7, a 48-year-old male was reported missing to the Grass Valley Police Department. An investigation was initiated in an attempt to locate the person. Over the ensuing days, investigators learned that the missing person had recently been homeless and had been living in a camp somewhere in the Loma Rica Ranch area on the outskirts of Grass Valley. Investigators searched the large rural area multiple times and exhausted all leads, but were not able to locate the individual. A more expansive search with the assistance of the Nevada County Search-and-Rescue team and their specially trained K9s was coordinated. On Wednesday morning, around 8:30 am, the team located the body of a deceased male in a heavily wooded area off Brunswick Road. Efforts to confirm the identity of the male are underway.

At this time, Grass Valley Police Detectives are investigating this as a “suspicious death” as the cause of death is not obvious or apparent. The Nevada County Coroner will conduct the death investigation in an attempt to determine the cause.

Source: Grass Valley Police Department

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