◼ Missing Garberville man's truck found near human remains
Technically can't add this to the Humboldt County body count.
Investigators are now trying to identify human skeletal remains that were found in Trinity County on Saturday near a missing Garberville man's truck.
A citizen hunting on private property reported finding a 1998 green camouflage Toyota Tacoma truck approximately two miles south of Island Mountain in Trinity County. The truck belongs to Sam Dunlea Cushman, 36, who was reported missing May 3, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff's Office deputies were assisted at the site by Sheriff's Posse members, three dogs and their handlers from the California Rescue Dog Association. The team found the human remains a short distance away from the truck, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office.
The Trinity County Sheriff's Office was contacted and took possession of the remains.
The jurisdiction is now technically that of Trinity County, said Brenda Godsey, spokeswoman for the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. The counties are currently working jointly on the case because the missing person report was out of Garberville.
”If it's considered a suspicious death, at this point it would still be handled in Trinity County,” she said.
The Trinity County Sheriff's Office will handle the identification of the remains and the rest of the investigation.
...The truck's owner is Garberville resident Cushman, who was reported missing by his former girlfriend after he unexpectedly dropped his child off at her home April 28 and disappeared, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. He did not return phone calls or e-mails from her, which she said was unusual.
A friend of Cushman's had also contacted the woman with concerns because they had seen Cushman on April 29 and he had acted strangely....