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UPDATE: Missing man found deceased

UPDATE at 11:24 a.m. Wednesday:

It has been a busy few days for our Nevada County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue team and we couldn’t be more thankful to have them serving right beside us in Nevada County.

Unfortunately the search for John Stewart yesterday had a sad outcome. Here is a quick recap.



On 7/06/2021 at approx. 2:30pm, following a roughly 14 hour of search, volunteers from Nevada County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue, and neighboring Counties, located John Stewart deceased in a pond on a neighboring property off Retrac Way in Grass Valley. Located not far from Stewart’s body, waiting at the edge of the pond, was his loyal dog Rico. It was reported that Stewart had been suffering from multiple medical issues and most recently had been experiencing memory loss issues.

At this time, there are no outward signs of foul play, however, a full Coroner’s investigation and an autopsy will be completed to determine the exact cause of Stewart’s death. Our condolences go out to Stewart’s family and friends during this difficult time.



We’d also like to express our appreciation for the support of the following Sheriff’s Offices for sending Search & Rescue resources to assist in the search effort; Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Yuba County Sheriff’s Department, Butte County Sheriff and El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. Air resources from the CHP – Valley Division Air Operations also assisted with the search and recovery operation.

From a Tuesday news release:

Attention Retrac Road area!

We are currently searching the area of Harley Court and Retrac for 70-year-old John. He was last seen last night around 9 p.m. It is unknown what clothing he may be wearing, however he is most likely shirtless. John should have a Rottweiler puppy with him.

If you have any information about his location, please call our dispatch center at 530-265-7880.

Source: Nevada County Sheriff’s Office



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