ID of body found in lake still a mystery |

ID of body found in lake still a mystery

Detectives thought they had a name to go with the body found in Rollins Lake in October.

“Now we’re back to base one,” Nevada County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Smith said Thursday after the best lead yet fell through.

Smith and others thought the body might have been a Mexican man in the United States illegally after talking with a business owner who had possibly employed him.

Smith said the employer (who was not identified) said the man had a map of Rollins Lake and had planned to go there.

Indeed, the body found Oct. 18 in the lake had a duffel bag around its neck, and in the bag was a map of the lake. But dental records didn’t match the Mexican man identified, Smith said.

Detectives are still hopeful crucial forensics might break the case. A ring found in the man’s pocket will be run through a database, and one of the man’s molars and a section of his thigh bone will be used to map his DNA, which will then be compared to a database.

It’s still unknown how the man died. Homicide isn’t suspected, partly because the body had no defensive wounds. The Sheriff’s Office is awaiting toxicology results to see if drugs or alcohol might have been factors.

The body was found floating face down near Orchard Springs Campground. He was described as possibly Hispanic, Asian or American Indian. He was 5-feet-11, about 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing dark clothing – including corduroy pants, a T-shirt and jacket – and white tennis shoes.

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