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Homicide investigation begins after victim’s body found covered in woods

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office began a homicide investigation after the remains of an unidentified victim were found in a remote part of the woods on Friday afternoon, according to Sheriff Keith Royal.

“Somebody had intentionally covered the body,” said Royal, adding that “dirt and debris” had been piled on top of the remains, which had been left there for months.

The body was badly decomposed, and deputies were unable to determine the victim’s age, although Royal said they believed the victim was a man.

The Sheriff’s office called in a special investigative team from the California Department of Justice with expertise in collecting evidence such as DNA and blood samples to process the crime scene before moving the body to the coroner’s office on Saturday afternoon.

The victim was discovered at about 2:51 p.m. on Friday by a man who was riding his quad on a roughly-graded dirt road in the forest, about three quarters of a mile south of the intersection of Highway 20 and Chalk Bluff Road.

After smelling what he first thought was a dead animal, the man stopped to investigate the remains and reported to a dispatcher that they might be human.

He also reported finding clothing on the scene.

The victim’s location was so remote, it took deputies almost an hour to reach the scene after the initial call.

Royal said that the coroner will perform an autopsy on Monday to try to determine the victim’s cause of death.

For the full story, read Monday’s edition of The Union.

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