Human remains discovered in Humboldt on March 22 has Washington State ties


FIELDS LANDING, Calif. (KIEM)- Details surrounding human remains found on March 22, in Fields Landing, may be that of a man from Washington State.

Those remains were sent over to the Humboldt State University Anthropology Department to be examined.  

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office officials responded to a report of skeletal remains discovered in the Mudflats area, north of the Fields Landing boat ramp, nearly a month ago.

Public Information Specialist Samantha Karges says it is believed the skeletal remains had been there for quite a while.

 “They had looked like they had been submerged under water for some time,” she said. “So, our Coroner’s Office took those remains back to their office.”

From there, to HSU’s Anthropology Department to be analyzed, according to Karges.

“The examiner’s determined that the remains are likely that of a male adult, greater than 6-feet tall, and there were no indicators of his cause of death.”

The sheriff’s office, now searching files for a matching description from missing person cases spanning the West Coast.

“We are looking at one in case in particular from the Washington area for a missing person who is believed to have been passing through our area,” said Karges.  

Which happen to match where the skeletal remains were discovered.

“And are doing DNA comparisons to those missing peoples and that’s being conducted by the Department of Justice,” she said.

Which according Karges, could take months, the sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help identify the remains found on March 22, 2021, now believed to be of a man, measuring more than 6-feet tall, with ties to the Washington State area.

“It takes the entire community to solve crime, we can’t do this on our own,” she said.

Anyone who comes across human or unknown remains, do not touch them and call police immediately., and if you have any information connected to this case call HCSO at (707) 445-7251 or via their tip line at (707) 268-2539.

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