From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, July 1952:
Sheriff C.W. Glover has in his custody a pile of worn clothes found near Hiouchi Bridge, and some puzzling leads that have deepened the mystery.
The clothes were found Friday afternoon by Officer Hubert Dunn, CHP. They were piled neatly with the socks stuffed into the boots.
Two motorists driving Highway 199 Thursday night have reported seeing a naked man on the highway trying to get a ride. The first driver reported seeing him about a half mile from the bridge, heading toward Crescent City. The second saw him about 1 mile from the bridge. A third car reported seeing a man, either naked or in white clothes, diving off the roadway. A thorough search has failed to reveal any trace of the man.