Body found in Nevada City ID’d |

Body found in Nevada City ID’d

The man whose body was found in Nevada City Saturday has been identified as Donald Karnes Jr., who had been reported missing from a residential care facility in early September.

A man from the 100 block of Nevada City Highway called 911 at about after 1 p.m. Saturday and reported that he had found a body on his property.

Responding officers from Nevada City and Grass Valley police departments located the body down an embankment on the property in some shrubs.

The body had been there for at least four or five days and decomposition had set in, according to Nevada City Police Sgt. Chad Ellis.

His department had taken a missing persons report on Karnes on Sept. 7 and issued a be-on-the-lookout advisory, Ellis said.

Karnes had been staying at Odyssey House, a residential care facility owned by Nevada County Behavioral Health that is located in the 900 block of Helling Way.

“He was a conserved client of the public guardian,” Ellis said.

In California, a conservatorship is a court case where a judge appoints a responsible person or organization (the “conservator”) to care for an adult who cannot care for himself or herself or manage his or her own finances.

Odyssey House is not a locked facility, Ellis said, adding, “He just walked away.”

According to Ellis, the man they found was wearing clothing that matched the description in the missing person report, but that was not enough to make a positive identification. An autopsy was performed Tuesday, but positive identification was not made until after some of the remains were sent to a state Department of Justice lab.

Authorities said they are not expecting foul play to be a factor in Karnes’ death, but a cause had not been established as of Thursday.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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