Cause of death identified after body found in McKay tract, Coroner's office seeks details on Shelter Cove body

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The Humboldt County Coroner’s office has determined a cause of death for a body recently found in the McKay tract.


The body of 60-year-old John Wayne Hill was found by a man walking his dog off a nearby trail on August 19th in a wooded area near Redwood Acres Fairgrounds. The coroner’s office reported the remains looked to have been in the area they were found for about 2 weeks.


After an autopsy Friday, the office says Hill died of natural causes.


The office is also working to identify a male body found floating off the coast of Shelter Cove on Friday, August 23rd.


The coroner’s office has released a description hoping anyone with information will come forward. The male is about 5’4”, 125 lbs., between the ages of 35 and 55, with brown short hair and a scruffy brown and gray beard.


They believe the body had been in the water for 2 to 3 days, up to a week.


If you have any information on this person’s identity you’re asked to call the Humboldt County Coroner at 707-445-7242.